The Symbol in Word, Image and Sound

The development of the Symbolist movement in France at the end of the 19th century, which soon spread throughout Europe, represented a turning point in the conception of art, poetry and music. Music was a central feature of the Symbolist aesthetics.

This program presents musical works directly linked to this movement and features the poetry of Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud and Mallarmé. Among the works included are songs by Debussy, Fauré, Ravel and Duparc highlighting different settings of select Symbolist poems; the original version of Debussy’s Syrinx for flute and declamation; and instrumental works including Debussy’s Piano Trio.

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Written by James Melo
Directed by Donald T. Sanders


December 13, 2001

The Kosciuszko Foundation,
15 East 65th Street, NY, NY