Guillaume Apollinaire


Guillaume Apollinaire

1880 - 1918

Guillaume Apollinaire  (26 August 1880 – 9 November 1918) was a French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish-Belarusian descent.

Apollinaire is considered one of the foremost poets of the early 20th century, as well as one of the most impassioned defenders of Cubism and a forefather of Surrealism. He is credited with coining the term "cubism" in 1911 to describe the emerging art movement and the term "surrealism" in 1917 to describe the works of Erik Satie. The term Orphism (1912) is also his. Apollinaire wrote one of the earliest Surrealist literary works, the play The Breasts of Tiresias (1917), which became the basis for the 1947 opera Les mamelles de Tirésias.

Apollinaire was active as a journalist and art critic for Le Matin, L'Intransigeant, L'Esprit nouveau, Mercure de France, and Paris Journal. In 1912 Apollinaire cofounded Les Soirées de Paris, an artistic and literary magazine.

Two years after being wounded in World War I, Apollinaire died in the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918; he was 38.

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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.

Bleuet (1939) FP 102 Francis Poulenc
Chanson d’Orkenise (1940) FP 107 no.1 Francis Poulenc
Fagnes de Wallonie (1940) FP 107 no.3 Francis Poulenc
Hôtel (1940) FP 107 no.2 Francis Poulenc
Hyde Park (1941) FP 127 no.2 1941-1945 Francis Poulenc
Il pleut Kaija Saariaho
La carpe, 'The carp' (1919) FP 15a no.6 Francis Poulenc
La chèvre du Thibet, 'The Tibetan goat' (1919) FP 15a no.2 Francis Poulenc
La sauterelle, 'The grasshopper' (1919) FP 15a no.3 Francis Poulenc
Le dauphin, 'The dolphin' (1919) FP 15a no.4 Francis Poulenc
Le dromadaire, 'The camel' (1919) FP 15a no.1 Francis Poulenc
Le serpent FP 15b/1 Francis Poulenc
L’écrevisse, 'The crayfish' (1919) FP 15a no.5 Francis Poulenc
Montparnasse FP 127 Francis Poulenc
Sanglots (1940) FP 107 no.5 Francis Poulenc
v. Sanglots (from 'Banalités', FP 107) Francis Poulenc
Voyage à Paris (1940) FP 107 no.4 Francis Poulenc

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