Louis-Hector Berlioz was a French composer of the Romantic Era. He is best known for his Symphonie Fantastique. Unlike Mozart and many other fellow composers, he was not a child prodigy; in fact he didn't start studying music until the ripe old age of twelve. He learned guitar and flute from his music teachers, but was self-taught in composition. His father hoped that he would be a doctor, and as such sent him to Paris to study medicine. While in Paris though, he fell more deeply in love with music and with the Paris Opera and dropped out of medical school. He was influenced by works of literature which often inspired his musical compositions. For example, one of his most famous works is that of his Romeo and Juliet inspired by Shakespeare's play of the same name.