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70. Les Chansons de Bilitis: Helen Abbott, Gabriella Dall'Olio & Musicians from Faculty of Music

24 October 2019, 15:00 - 16:00


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Thumbnail of The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

The Berrow Foundation Building, Turl St, Oxford OX1 3DR

The erotic poems of Pierre Louÿs’s Les Chansons de Bilitis, which the author falsely claimed were translated from Ancient Greek, inspired several works by Claude Debussy. This is a rare chance to hear his Musique de scene pour les chansons de Bilitis, for two flutes, two harps and celeste, introduced and narrated by Helen Abbott.

Musicians from Oxford University's Faculty of Music are led by renowned harpist Gabriella dall'Olio.

This evening’s concerts at 5.30pm and 8pm include Debussy’s 1897 songs that were the basis for this work, and his later arrangement for piano duet, the Épigraphes Antiques.

Artist Portrait

Helen Abbott

Helen Abbott


Helen Abbott is Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, and specialises in how poetry is set to music. She works with nineteenth-century French texts and is currently running The Baudelaire Song Project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Helen is also a soprano and does regular French language coaching with professional singers.
Artist Portrait

Gabriella Dall’Olio

Gabriella Dall’Olio


Born in Bologna, Italy, Gabriella studied in Italy, France and Germany with Pierre Jamet and Fabrice Pierre, Jaqueline Borot, Giselle Herbert and Anna Loro. Now based in London, she continues to follow an international and high profile career performing and teaching the harp. Captivating audiences around the globe her critically acclaimed recordings span solo, chamber and orchestral works on the Claves, Koch, Stradivarius, Dal Segno and Ambitus labels, and she has also made many live recordings for French, German, Italian and Swiss Radio.... Read Full Biography

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This event is part of a series:

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The 18th Oxford Lieder Festival will explore life, death, and the mysterious areas between and beyond. Sprites and nymphs cause mayhem and mischief, while legends abound from Greco-Roman sagas to the Lorelei and the Erlking. Storytelling with the Crick Crack Club, a ghost tour, a magic show and more all complement the myriad concerts, masterclasses and study events over a packed fortnight....