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
|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|
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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