Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo

1802 - 1885

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry and then from his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). He also produced more than 4,000 drawings, which have since been admired for their beauty, and earned widespread respect as a campaigner for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment.

Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism; his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time. He is buried in the Panthéon. His legacy has been honoured in many ways, including his portrait being placed on French franc banknotes.

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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.

Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe Georges Bizet
Enfant, si j'étais roi S.283 Franz Liszt
Guitare (1866) Georges Bizet
L'absent (1871) Op. 5 no.3 Gabriel Fauré
L'Attente (1855) Camille Saint-Saëns
L'enlèvement (Si tu veux, faisons un rêve) (1865) Camille Saint-Saëns
La Captive (1832) Op. 12 Hector Berlioz
La cloche (1855) Camille Saint-Saëns
La coccinelle Camille Saint-Saëns
Le papillon et la fleur (1869) Op. 1 no.1 Gabriel Fauré
Le pas d'armes du Roi Jean (1852) Camille Saint-Saëns
Les Djinns (1875) Op. 12 Gabriel Fauré
L’aube naît (1856) Édouard Lalo
Oh! Quand je dors (1842) S. 282 Franz Liszt
Rêve d'amour Op. 5 no.2 Gabriel Fauré
Rêverie (1890) Reynaldo Hahn
Rêverie (1851) Camille Saint-Saëns
Sérénade (1857) Charles Gounod
Si mes vers avaient des ailes (1888) Reynaldo Hahn
Si vous n'avez rien à me dire (1870) Camille Saint-Saëns
Soirée en mer (1862) Camille Saint-Saëns
Viens! (1855) Camille Saint-Saëns

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