Charles Baudelaire


Charles Baudelaire

1821 - 1867

Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe.

His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé among many others. He is credited with coining the term "modernity" (modernité) to designate the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art has to capture that experience.

Read Les Fleurs du mal here.

Song List

This list is likely to be of songs that have been performed at Oxford International Song Festivals and Oxford Song events, and may not be comprehensive of this composer's compositions. This database is ever growing as a work in progress, with further songs regularly being added.

Chant d'automne Op. 5 no.1 Gabriel Fauré
Harmonie du soir (1889) Claude Debussy
Hymne Op. 7 no.2 Gabriel Fauré
L'invitation au voyage (1870) Henri Duparc
La mort des amants (1887) Claude Debussy
La vie antérieure (1884) Henri Duparc
Le balcon (1888) Claude Debussy
Le jet d'eau (1889) Claude Debussy
Le Revenant (2011) Tawnie Olson
Les hiboux (1921) Déodat de Séverac
Les Hiboux (1921) Louis Vierne
Recueillement (1889) 1887-9 Claude Debussy
Une Charogne (2019) Cheryl Frances-Hoad

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