French Song Masterclass

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University of Birmingham

Barber Institute Concert Hall

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This Masterclass on French songs is led by Professor Helen Abbott for five duos. It is open to the public to attend in the audience to watch the masterclass. This session will explore the specificities of singing classical music in French (pronouncing the French ‘r’, the mute ‘e’, doing the liaisons) through song settings of 19th-century French poetry. Taking examples from Baudelaire, Verlaine, and other poets, Professor Abbott will also show the importance of informed interpretation and how much knowing about the poets and their works can help to make choices regarding the musical performance.

This masterclass is part of the end of the Baudelaire Song Project celebration day culminating with an evening performance at the Barber Institute Concert Hall: http://barber.org.uk/french-fables/


Helen Abbott is a Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham. She studied at the University of Cambridge and King’s College London, completing a PhD thesis on Baudelaire and Mallarmé. She specialises in nineteenth-century French poetry and music, exploring ways of writing about word-music relationships in poetic language, in critical theories, and using digital methodologies. She has published three books on Baudelaire, including the latest Baudelaire in Song 1880-1930 (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her particular focus is the work of (post-) romantic and symbolist poets including Gautier, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, and Mallarmé. A classically-trained soprano, she connects her intellectual and personal interests in order to lead an international team of researchers on the Baudelaire Song Project (2015-2019, AHRC-funded).

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