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2019 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

7. “Sounds and Scents Turn in the Evening Air”: Sense and Synaesthesia in Popular Song Settings of Baudelaire’s Evening Harmony

Author: Caroline Ardrey

Published in: Nocturnes: Popular Music and the Night

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

This chapter examines the way in which the night is performed and transformed in two “popular” settings of Charles Baudelaire’s poem “Harmonie du soir”, first published in 1857. Taking as a starting point the qualities associated with the musical nocturne, as outlined in Franz Liszt’s 1859 preface to John Field’s Nocturnes, the chapter argues that the principal qualities of the form provide a useful lens through which to read interart approaches to performing the night. Exploring the varied aspects of the night presented in Baudelaire’s poem, and examining ways in which these have been transformed through musical settings of “Harmonie du soir” by Ruth White (in English) and Nawel Ben Kraïem (in French), the chapter seeks to demonstrate how engagement with the artistic possibilities of the night has evolved in popular music, mediated through poetry.
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Metadata
Title
“Sounds and Scents Turn in the Evening Air”: Sense and Synaesthesia in Popular Song Settings of Baudelaire’s Evening Harmony
Author
Caroline Ardrey
Copyright Year
2019
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-99786-5_7