Baudelaire’s Legacy to Composers
The central issue examined in this book is that of what happens to poetry when it encounters music, especially as song. The author places Baudelaire’s famous sonnet ‘La Mort des amants’ at the heart of the analysis, tracing its transposition into song by a succession of both amateur and professional composers, examining works by Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, Serpette, Rollinat, Debussy and Charpentier, as well as an extraordinary parodic song version by Valade and Verlaine.
A companion website offers recordings of each of the songs analysed in this book.
List of Tables vii Music Recordings ix List of Abbreviations xi Acknowledgements xiii Chapter 1 Parisian Intersections 1 Chapter 2 Liebestod 19 Chapter 3 Musical Theories 43 Chapter 4 Song 65 Chapter 5 Parody 133 Chapter 6 Legacy 157 vi Appendices 171 Bibliography 203 Index 213
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