This program will offer a humanities lecture on French musical culture in the 19th century using an influential song cycle set to poems by a famous poet of that time. Dr. Benjamin Wadsworth (Kennesaw State University) will deliver a lecture on music and aesthetics of French composer, Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) his librettist, the symbolist poet, Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) and the women who inspired the creation of this song cycle, the soprano Emma Bardac (1862-1934). Prof. Wadsworth will circulate a very accessible handout that traces important motives which recur throughout the song cycle. The talk is heavy on semantics and light on technical music theory. Dr. Wadsworth's approach will afford a broad discussion of cultural and aesthetics issues, intertextuality in this music, and the historic consequences of this composition-which was regarded as revolutionary in its time.
Sponsored by USM & MS Humanities Council.
Funded project of the Mississippi Humanities Council. The Mississippi Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.