A singer preparing for a performance of Les Illuminations de Rimbaud by Benjamin Britten may encounter a few challenges in the research process. Thorough preparation requires studying both Arthur Rimbaud, the poet, and Benjamin Britten as they individually created the work. One will discover an interesting array of similarities and differences between the composers that will serve the performer in building a relationship with them. Placing the piece in historical context becomes challenging when considering the impact of French Symbolism of the 1880s alongside Britten's eclectic nature of writing in the early twentieth century. There are clues available in studying both the trends in Symbolism along with studying letters, song dedications, and speeches made by Benjamin Britten. This study shows a need to be a listener in these interpretations so that one may compassionately sound the work to the audience.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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