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Parisian Intersections

Helen Abbott

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ISBN 10: 3034308051 / ISBN 13: 9783034308052
Published by Peter Lang Jun 2012, 2012
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Neuware - 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. 215 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9783034308052

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Title: Parisian Intersections

Publisher: Peter Lang Jun 2012

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Taschenbuch

Book Condition:Neu

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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.

About the Author:

Helen Abbott is Lecturer in French at the University of Sheffield. She specialises in relationships between poetry and music in nineteenth-century France and has published widely on Baudelaire, Debussy, Mallarmé and Villiers de l’Isle-Adam. She also promotes performance of French mélodie through regular collaboration with professional pianists and singers.

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