In 2021 the world celebrates the 200th birthday of Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867), the first of "the cursed poets", a dandy, a decadent, a symbolist, posthumously recognized as the great poet of France who had a powerful impact on the poetic language and, more broadly, literature, music, and art of the 19th–20th centuries. His collection of poems "The Flowers of Evil" (editions 1857–1868) is read, studied, and translated all over the world.
musicAeterna under the direction of Teodor Currentzis has created a project dedicated to Charles Baudelaire consisting entirely of world premieres created at the request of the collective. Famous contemporary composers have set the verses from "The Flowers of Evil" to chamber compositions. The new works range from songs for voice and piano to electronic compositions and large-scale canvases featuring chamber choir, wind instruments, and percussion.
"Dedication to Baudelaire" is not just a concert. The poet's verses will be performed in the original and in Russian translations by dramatic actors from France and Russia. The musical and plastic performance will link a number of world premieres into a single plotline, defiantly rebellious and appealing to the supreme beauty, reaching beyond the usual forms and norms, just as life, death, and the immortal works of Charles Baudelaire.