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Parisian Intersections

Baudelaire’s Legacy to Composers

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Helen Abbott

The period from the 1850s to the 1890s in Paris marked a key turning point for poets and composers, as they grappled with the new ways in which poetry and music could intersect. Under the particular conditions of the time and place, both art forms underwent significant developments which challenged the status of each form. In both creative and critical work from this era, poets and composers offered tantalising but problematic insights into ‘musical’ poetry and ‘poetic’ music.
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.

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214 Index Gautier, Théophile 2, 14, 19–23, 31 n, 37 n, 39–41, 57–58, 89, 130, 140 n gender 164–167 Georges, Alexandre 2, 71, 86 n, 88–90, 98–100, 102, 126, 182–185 Ghil, René 62 Goncourt, Edmond et Jules de 107 Holmès, Augusta 2, 49–50, 71, 85–87, 89, 90, 93, 94–97, 98, 99, 102, 151, 178–182 Hôtel des Étrangers 2, 135 Hugo, Victor 4 n, 5, 67, 69, 77, 86 n Chansons des rues et des bois 67 Huysmans, Joris Karl 74 À Rebours 74 improvisation 50–56, 58, 59, 63, 84, 89–90 Koecklin, Charles 66 Laforgue, Jules 69 Lenormand, René 167 Le Vavasseur, Gustave 4, 14 n, 134 n, 171 Librairie de l’Art Indépendant 71, 72, 86 n, 90, 127 Liebestod 9, 18, 19–41 lyric 33, 68, 77–81, 119, 126, 128, 158–159, 164–167 see also song lyrics Mallarmé, Stéphane 62, 111, 155 n Mary, Jules 153–154 mélodie 11, 25, 51, 65–69, 73, 76, 78, 81, 84, 85, 87, 97, 110, 118, 125, 126, 139, 158, 168 Mendès, Catulle 2, 15–16, 72 n, 84, 85–87, 88 n, 89, 97 Messager de l’Assemblée, Le 5–12, 23 n, 161 Brasserie Pousset 128 Brasserie Thommen 128 Cabaner, Ernest 2, 13, 84 Causerie, La 17 Cercle zutique 2, 12, 13 n, 135, 138 n, 140, 142, 143 n, 153 Chabrier, Emmanuel 2, 53 n, 84 n, 85–86...

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