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Baudelaire in Song: 1880-1930

Helen Abbott


Exploring the work of the major nineteenth-century French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821–67), this book examines how and why Baudelaire’s poetry has inspired so many composers to set it to music in different ways. The author proposes a new model for analysing song, through an ‘assemblage’ approach, which examines the complex relationships formed between common features of poetry and music, including metre/prosody, form/structure, sound properties/repetition, and semantics. The model also factors in the realities of song as a live performance genre, revealing which parameters of song emerge as s ... More

Keywords: poetry, music, song, assemblage, Baudelaire, Rollinat, Charpentier, Gretchaninov, Vierne, Berg

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198794691
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198794691.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Abbott, author
Professor of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham