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.
The editions of Baudelaire’s and Villiers de l’Isle-Adam’s work referred to throughout are the Pléiade editions (see bibliography for full details), and will be signalled by the following abbreviations: B. OC Baudelaire, Œuvres complètes B. Corr Baudelaire, Correspondance VIA. OC Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, Œuvres complètes VIA. Corr Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, Correspondance
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