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Zur populären Wirkung des Chansonniers Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780–1857) in Deutschland

Waltraud Linder-Beroud

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Waltraud Linder-Beroud, Michael Fischer(Hg.), Fernand Hörner(Hg.), »Schier dreißig Jahre bist du alt …« (2013), Waxmann Verlag, 48159 Münster, ISSN: 1619-0548, 2012 #1, p.57

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This article deals with the reception of Pierre-Jean de Béranger in Germany. Béranger was the most successful French songwriter, who was designated as the Elvis Presley, Georges Brassens or John Lennon of the 1830s to 1850s. Many contemporaries admired him and his work was considered as an unattainable example for the poets of the »Vormärz« period: With his oppositional chansons Pierre-Jean de Béranger, son of a Parisian craftsman, went all the way from a literary autodidact to a celebrated chansonnier and to the most successful French songwriter in the 19th century. He has managed to express the zeitgeist of the Restauration and July Monarchy in an easy and light tone but still in a style appropriate to political poetry. While Alfred de Musset, Alponse de Lamartine, Alfred de Vigny and Victor Hugo were acclaimed in France, the chansons of Béranger were sung and translated far beyond the borders of the country although his frivolous and critical texts presented a huge challenge for translators. This text sketches the popular impact Béranger had in Germany, where his most translated chansons Les Hirondelles and Mon habit were often sung as German folk songs until the 20th century.

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