The second is a translation of a poem entitled "La Ballade du Desespere," originally composed by French writer Henri Murger, best known for his novel Scenes de la vie de boheme (1847-49, and the basis for Puccini's more enduringly popular opera, La Boheme).
26) Henri Murger, "The Midnight Visitor," translated by Walt Whitman, Current Literature 5.
La boheme is based on the book written by Henri Murger
called La Vie de boheme and is set in Paris in the 1830s where a young poet, Rodolfo, falls in love with a seamstress, Mimi.
Refere-se, pois, ao estilo de vida especial, identificavel, surgido no seculo dezenove, nas decadas de 1830 e 1840 na Franca, tornado popular especialmente a partir das historias de Henri Murger (1822-1861), que dramatiza o cotidiano de um grupo de intelectuais boemios na Paris daquele tempo.
Henri Murger e um nome especialmente importante para o entendimento de "boemia" tal como a compreendemos atualmente, pois, "com suas historias populares, a palavra 'boemia' se associou exclusivamente a vida artistica nas sociedades modernas" (Gluck, 2000, p.
He corresponded with the critic Theophile Gautier, socialized with Baudelaire, Henri Murger
, and other makers and shakers and offered his work to the Salon; acceptance boosted sales.
popularized that myth in his autobiographical novel, Scenes de la vie de Boheme (1845), and the legend found further expression, and has lived on for subsequent generations, in theatrical variations: Puccini's durable opera La Boheme (1896) and, 100 years later, Jonathan Larson's musical phenomenon, Rent.
Based on the novel by Henri Murger
rather than on the later opera by Puccini, La Vie de Boheme reawakens the pang of the original, its desperate humor, by the eccentric strategy of denying all sentiment.
As we're talking the best of all possible worlds here, our soprano, being a linguist, immediately reads the novel by Henri Murger
(in French, of course) or the hit play taken from the novel on which Puccini and his librettist based their opera.