Pour les funérailles d'un soldat

TitlePour les funérailles d'un soldat
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1918
AuthorsBoulanger, Lili, and Alfred de Musset
Number of Pages11
PublisherEditions Ricordi

Pour les funérailles d’un soldat (1912) is a musical work that was adapted for commemoration of fallen soldiers after World War I. Its 1918 edition presents on the cover a dead soldier, vulnerable, naked save for his sword, with arms spread as if crucified, on a background of the French Tricolore. Commemoration in the face of the “accumulated presence of death” of World War I challenged traditional artistic responses in terms of sculpture and other monumental arts. Rather than heroic soldier monuments, postwar commemorative art often drew on signifiers of Christian sacrifice, with mothers and other women cast as mourning figures. Pour les funérailles d'un soldat is a four-part chorus of mixed voices with a baritone solo by French composer, Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and French librettist, Alfred de Musset (1810-1857).

Translated TitleFor the Funeral of a Soldier
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