The poetry of symbolism and the music of Gabriel Faure

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dc.contributor.advisor Zhong, Mei Lewis, Lynnell K. en_US 2011-06-09T15:33:23Z 2011-06-09T15:33:23Z 2009 en_US 2009
dc.description.abstract This study explores the points of connection between the work of symbolist poet Paul Verlaine and the music of Gabriel Fauré, specifically in regards to the song cycle by Fauré, Cinq mélodies “de Venise.” The dreamlike imagery of symbolist poetry poses unique challenges for the singer. A biography of the composer is presented, outlining early influences, subsequent accomplishments and challenges, as well as Fauré’s unique contributions to music. A biography of Verlaine follows, including an exploration of the circumstances in which he and the composer met. For singers, the challenges which arise from performing symbolist poetry are the same qualities that provide the essence of its beauty; Fauré revived modality and stretched tonality with his own distinct harmonic language. This musical-poetic relationship is discussed, followed by a presentation of each song and its unique challenges. One can more clearly interpret these songs by making a personal connection to them and by understanding how the language of symbolism is reflected in the work of Fauré and Verlaine.
dc.description.sponsorship School of Music
dc.description.tableofcontents Gabriel Faure -- Faure's work and the influence of late 19th century France -- Paul Verlaine -- Faure, Verlaine and symbolism -- Description of songs and performance issues.
dc.format.extent 31 p. : digital, PDF file, music + 16 audio files (digital, MP3) + 2 sound discs (4 3/4 in.) en_US
dc.source CardinalScholar 1.0 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Symbolism (Art movement) en_US
dc.subject.other Verlaine, Paul, 1844-1896
dc.subject.other Faure, Gabriel, 1845-1924. Melodies de Venise en_US
dc.title The poetry of symbolism and the music of Gabriel Faure en_US
dc.type Creative project (M.M.), 3 hrs. en_US Thesis (M.M.) en_US
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