Paul Verlaine


Paul Verlaine

1844 - 1896

Paul-Marie Verlaine was a French poet associated with the Symbolist movement. He is considered one of the greatest representatives of the fin de siècle in international and French poetry.
Born in Metz, Verlaine was educated at the Lycée Impérial Bonaparte (now the Lycée Condorcet) in Paris and then took up a post in the civil service. He began writing poetry at an early age, and was initially influenced by the Parnassien movement and its leader, Leconte de Lisle. Verlaine's first published poem was published in 1863 in La Revue du progrès, a publication founded by poet Louis-Xavier de Ricard. Verlaine was a frequenter of the salon of the Marquise de Ricard (Louis-Xavier de Ricard's mother) at 10 Boulevard des Batignolles and other social venues, where he rubbed shoulders with prominent artistic figures of the day: Anatole France, Emmanuel Chabrier, inventor-poet and humorist Charles Cros, the cynical anti-bourgeois idealist Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Théodore de Banville, François Coppée, Jose-Maria de Heredia, Leconte de Lisle, Catulle Mendes and others. Verlaine's first published collection, Poèmes saturniens (1866), though adversely commented upon by Sainte-Beuve, established him as a poet of promise and originality.

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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.

À Clymène (1891) Op. 58 no.4 Gabriel Fauré
Apaisement Op. 13 no.1 Ernest Chausson
Avant que tu ne t'en ailles (1894) Op. 61 no.6 Gabriel Fauré
Bruxelles Régine Poldowski
C'est l'extase langoureuse (1885) L60 Claude Debussy
C'est l'extase langoureuse (1891) Op. 58 no.5 Gabriel Fauré
Chanson d'automne Léo Ferré
Chanson d’ Automne (1890) Reynaldo Hahn
Chevaux de bois (1885) L60 Claude Debussy
Clair de lune (1893) Op. 83 no.1 Josef Szulc
Clair de lune Op. 46 no.2 Gabriel Fauré
Clair de lune (1882) L32 Claude Debussy
Clair de lune (1891) L80 Claude Debussy
Colloque sentimental (1904) L104 Claude Debussy
Colombine (1912) Op. 21 no.2 Régine Poldowski
Crépuscule du soir mystique Régine Poldowski
Cythère Régine Poldowski
Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d'été (1894) Op. 61 no.7 Gabriel Fauré
En Sourdine (1891) L80 Régine Poldowski
En sourdine (1891) Op. 58 no.2 Gabriel Fauré
En Sourdine (1890) Reynaldo Hahn
En sourdine (1882) L28 Claude Debussy
En sourdine (1891) L80 Claude Debussy
Fantoches (1891) L80 Claude Debussy
Fantoches (1882) L26 Claude Debussy
Green (1902) L60 André Caplet
Green (1891) Op. 58 no.3 Gabriel Fauré
Green (1885) L60 Claude Debussy
Il pleure dans mon cœur (1885) L60 Claude Debussy
J'ai presque peur, en vérité (1894) Op. 61 no.5 Gabriel Fauré
J'allais par des chemins perfides (1894) Op. 61 no.4 Gabriel Fauré
L'échelonnement des haies (1891) L81 Claude Debussy
L'heure exquise Régine Poldowski
L'hiver a cessé (1894) Op. 61 no.9 Gabriel Fauré
L'ombre des arbres (1885) L60 Claude Debussy
La chanson bien douce (1898) vi. 1898 Ernest Chausson
La lune blanche (1894) Op. 61 no.3 Gabriel Fauré
La mer est plus belle que les cathédrales (1891) L81 Claude Debussy
Le faune (1904) L104 Claude Debussy
Le son du cor s'afflige vers les bois (1891) L81 Claude Debussy
Le vent dans la plaine (1912) Camille Saint-Saëns
Les ingénus (1904) L104 Claude Debussy
L’Allée est sans fin (1890) Reynaldo Hahn
L’heure exquise (1890) no.5 Reynaldo Hahn
Mandoline (1882) L29 Régine Poldowski
Mandoline (1891) Op. 58 no.1 Gabriel Fauré
Mandoline (1882) L29 Claude Debussy
N'est-ce pas? (1894) Op. 61 no.8 Gabriel Fauré
Offrande (1891) Reynaldo Hahn
Pantomime (1882) L31 Claude Debussy
Prison Op. 83 no.1 Gabriel Fauré
Prison Lorainne Glorinda Lawb
Puisque l'aube grandit (1894) Op. 61 no.2 Gabriel Fauré
Soleils couchants (Une aube affaiblie) (1909) Nadia Boulanger
Spleen Op. 51 no.3 Gabriel Fauré
Spleen (1885) L60 Claude Debussy
Spleen Régine Poldowski
Sur l'herbe Maurice Ravel
Tous deux (1890) Reynaldo Hahn
Un grand sommeil noir Maurice Ravel
Une sainte en son auréole (1894) Op. 61 no.1 Gabriel Fauré

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