Charles-Marie-René Leconte de Lisle


Charles-Marie-René Leconte de Lisle

1818 - 1894

Charles Marie René Leconte de Lisle was a French poet of the Parnassian movement. He is traditionally known by his surname only, Leconte de Lisle.


Leconte de Lisle was born on the French overseas island of La Réunion, in the Indian Ocean. He spent his childhood there and later in Brittany. Among his friends in those years was the musician Charles Bénézit. His father, an army surgeon, who brought him up with great severity, sent him to travel in the East Indies with a view to preparing him for a business career. However, after returning from this journey, the young man preferred to complete his education in Rennes, Britanny, specializing in Greek, Italian and history. In 1845 he settled definitively in Paris.

He was involved in the French Revolution of 1848 which ended with the overthrow of the Orleans King Louis-Philppe of France, but took no further part in politics after the Second Republic was declared.

As a writer he is most famous for his three collections of poetry: Poèmes antiques (1852), Poèmes barbares (1862), Poèmes tragiques (1884). He is also known for his translations of Ancient Greek tragedians and poets, such as Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Horace.

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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.

Jane (1881) L19 Claude Debussy
La fille aux cheveux de lin (1882) L33 Claude Debussy
La rose Gabriel Fauré
Le Colibri (1880) Op. 2 no.7 Ernest Chausson
Les elfes (1882) L25 Claude Debussy
Les roses d'Ispahan Op. 39 no.4 Gabriel Fauré
Lydé (1900) Reynaldo Hahn
Nanny (1880) Op. 2 no.1 Ernest Chausson
Néère (1900) Reynaldo Hahn
Nell Op. 18 no.1 Gabriel Fauré
Phidylé (1872) Henri Duparc
Pholoé (1900) Reynaldo Hahn
Phyllis (1900) Reynaldo Hahn

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