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Charles Baudelaire

Charles Pierre Baudelaire (UK: , US: ; French: [ʃaʁl(ə) bodlɛʁ] (listen); 9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867) was a French poet who also worked as an essayist, art critic and translator. His poems are described as exhibiting mastery of rhyme and rhythm, containing an exoticism inherited from Romantics, and are based on observations of real life.

His most famous work, a book of lyric poetry titled Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing beauty of nature in the rapidly industrializing Paris during the mid-19th century. Baudelaire's original style of prose-poetry influenced a generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé. He coined the term modernity (modernité) to designate the fleeting experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility of artistic expression to capture that experience. Marshall Berman has credited Baudelaire as being the first Modernist.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1, 1821 (Paris), Died August 31, 1867 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-59552 12-in. 3/25/1930 La mort des amants Hubert Raidich Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor D9RB-0265 10-in. 3/9/1949 La vie antérieure Lotte Lehmann Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor D9RC-1783 12-in. 5/24/1949 L'invitation au voyage Erich Leinsdorf ; Dorothy Maynor ; RCA Victor Orchestra Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Gramophone BFR248 10-in. 11/9/1926 A une Madone Mary Marquet Recitation author  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX363 12-in. 5/7/1928 L'invitation au voyage Claire Croiza Female vocal solo, with piano author  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX1937 12-in. 10/17/1936 Vie antérieure Maurice Faure ; Georges Thill Male vocal solo, with piano author  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Baudelaire, Charles," accessed July 15, 2024,

Baudelaire, Charles. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 15, 2024, from

"Baudelaire, Charles." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 July 2024.

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