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.
Recordings of the songs analysed in this book are available on the compan- ion website: http://soundcloud.com/parisian-intersections/sets/parisian- intersections/s-tau07. Mary Bevan (soprano) Helen Abbott (cello) Sholto Kynoch (piano) Recorded at the Jacqueline Du Pré music building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford, 21 March 2011. Recording engineer Jules Millard. © Helen Abbott 2011 Track listing: 1. Villiers/Sivry, La Mort des amants 2. Villiers/Holmès, La Mort des amants 3. Villiers/Georges, La Mort des amants 4. Villiers/Gautier, La Mort des amants 5. Serpette, La Mort des amants 6. Rollinat, La Mort des amants 7. Debussy, La Mort des amants 8. Charpentier, La Mort des amants 9. Villiers/Sivry, La Mort des cochons
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