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Victor Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo (French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo] (listen); 7 Ventôse year X (26 February 1802) – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. During a literary career that spanned more than sixty years, he wrote abundantly in an exceptional variety of genres: lyrics, satires, epics, philosophical poems, epigrams, novels, history, critical essays, political speeches, funeral orations, diaries, letters public and private, and dramas in verse and prose.

Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is renowned for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages). Hugo was at the forefront of the Romantic literary movement with his play Cromwell and drama Hernani. Many of his works have inspired music, both during his lifetime and after his death, including the musicals Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris. He produced more than 4,000 drawings in his lifetime, and campaigned for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment.

Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism; his work touched upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time. His opposition to absolutism and his colossal literary achievement established him as a national hero. He was honoured by interment in the Panthéon.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1802 (birthhouse of Victor Hugo), Died 1885 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 1107 7-in. Before Sept. 1897 Oh, ma charmante Alberto Del Campo Baritone vocal solo author  
Berliner 3666 7-in. Mar. 1898-Mar. 1899 Berceuse Virginia Powell Goodwin Female vocal solo author  
Victor C-4352 12-in. 3/29/1907 Si mes vers avaient des ailes Nellie Melba ; Ada Sassoli Soprano vocal solo, with harp author  
Victor B-11898 10-in. 4/19/1912 Sing, smile, slumber Mixed Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra author  
Victor C-17536 12-in. 4/21/1916 O quand je dors! Ema Destinnová Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor C-19118 12-in. 1/23/1917 Aux morts pour la patrie Marcel Journet Bass vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-21721 10-in. 4/2/1918 Sans toi Geraldine Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-26035 10-in. 1/16/1922 Si mes vers avaient des ailes! Geraldine Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with harp author  
Victor BVE-67474 10-in. 2/27/1931 Oh! Quand je dors Jessica Cole Female vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor G-2056 10-in. 6/18/1917 Crucifix Padre Mercedario Rojas Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor CS-025402 12-in. 8/30/1938 Si mes vers avaient des ailes Stephanie Korolishin-Cymbalist Female vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor PBS-026247 10-in. 11/11/1938 If my songs were only winged Elsie Gulk Female vocal solo author  
Victor BS-027222 10-in. 9/26/1938 Comment disaient-ils? Frank La Forge ; Lily Pons Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor BS-029823 10-in. 11/26/1938 Si mes vers avaient des ailes Stephanie Korolishin-Cymbalist Female vocal solo, with piano author  
Columbia 80586 10-in. 10/4/1922 Were my song with wings provided Barbara Maurel Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Columbia 30143 12-in. 5/23/1907 Si mes vers Lillian Nordica Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  
Columbia 30650 12-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1911 Without thee Paul Dufault Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Columbia 49767 12-in. 3/12/1920 Without thee Charles Hackett Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Columbia 98325 12-in. 3/31/1927 Berceuse Maria Kurenko Soprano vocal solo, with flute and piano author  
OKeh 203 10-in. ca. June 1918 Sing, smile, slumber Grace Kerns Female vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Brunswick C4395 10-in. 9/24/1929 Without thee Marie Morrisey Female vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Edison 4439 10-in. 1/25/1916 Were my songs with wings provided Marie De Kyser Female vocal solo, with harp and orchestra author  
Edison 5444 10-in. 3/13/1917 Without thee Florence Ferrell Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Edison 11533 10-in. 2/19/1927 Without thee Alma Petersen Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Gramophone MELBA 27 12-in. Apr. 1904 Si mes vers avaient des ailes Nellie Melba Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hugo, Victor," accessed March 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102487.

Hugo, Victor. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102487.

"Hugo, Victor." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 March 2021.

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