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The Music of Poetry
Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire
Setting the poetry of Baudelaire to music is a highly complex undertaking. His poems have a complexity of thought and a richness of verbal music that almost defy the composer to add anything. Francis Poulenc, who devoured Baudelaire’s verse avidly
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Music as Art
How I find a musical voice from artworks Music in all its varied forms is the most accessible and affordable form of art we have today. The popularity of music as a recreational and active form of art participation for
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The Music of Poetry
Charles Baudelaire: “L’invitation au Voyage”
When Charles Baudelaire published his collection of poems entitled Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) in 1857, he shocked an entire generation. “Candor and goodness are disgusting,” he wrote in the epilogue, describing his masterpiece instead as a
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The Music of Poetry
Charles Baudelaire: “Harmonie du Soir”
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), according to TS Eliot was the first modern poet, “the greatest exemplar in modern poetry in any language.” He produced unprecedented expressions of a complex sensibility and of modern themes within structures of classical rigor and technical
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Music and Art: Johannes Brahms and Max Klinger
The German symbolist artist Max Klinger (1857-1920) took inspiration from Brahms to create his Brahmsphantasie, a book of music and images that took Brahms’ music to a level never before seen. In his Brahmsphantasie, Klinger divided the work into 3
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Friedrich Hölderlin (1770–1843): Expressing the Content in Music
“For Our Generation Walks as in Hades, Without the Divine” German idealist poets and thinkers working in the late 18th and early 19th centuries were primarily concerned with the descent of the French revolution into Bonapartism, noting Germany’s failure to
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Friedrich Hölderlin (1770–1843)
“We Are Nothing; What We Search for Is Everything”
Today, as we celebrate the 250th birthday of Friedrich Hölderlin (1770–1843), we consider him among the greatest of German lyric poets. During his lifetime, however, Hölderlin gained little recognition—he was a colleague of Hegel and Schelling—and he was almost totally
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Painted and Musical Portraits of Children
Auguste Renoir and Jean Françaix
Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) started his career as a porcelain painter. However, the young man had clearly grander ambitions, and he soon found himself in the company of the academic artist Charles Gleyre, Claude Monet, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley. The
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