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Louise Alder, soprano and Roger Vignoles, piano

Poetry in Music

Works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Franz Liszt, Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy and Reynaldo Hahn

2/7/2018

Romanticism reached France through writers such as Victor Hugo (1802-1885), whose poems caught the attention of composers both within and outside France like Camille Saint-Saëns and Franz Liszt. With Paul Verlaine (1844-1946), French poetry entered a new phase, whose refined symbolism served as inspiration for composers like Fauré, Hahn and Debussy. In this case, a selection of songs for soprano and piano are performed, based on poems by these two writers, demonstrating the extraordinary musicality of nineteenth-century French poetry.

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