Albert Giraud

Albert Giraud

Albert Giraud (1890)
Born Emile Albert Kayenbergh
(1860-06-23)23 June 1860
Leuven, Belgium
Died 26 December 1929(1929-12-26) (aged 69)
Nationality Belgium
Occupation poet

Albert Giraud (French: [ʒiʁo]; 23 June 1860 26 December 1929), was a Belgian poet who wrote in French.


Giraud was born Emile Albert Kayenbergh in Leuven, Belgium. He studied law at the University of Leuven. He left university without a degree and took up journalism and poetry. In 1885, Giraud became a member of La Jeune Belgique, a Belgian nationalist literary movement that met at the Café Sésino in Brussels.[1] Giraud became chief librarian at the Belgian Ministry of the Interior.

He was a Symbolist poet. His published works include Pierrot lunaire: Rondels bergamasques (1884), a poem cycle based on the commedia dell'arte figure of Pierrot, and La Guirlande des Dieux (1910). The composer Arnold Schönberg set a German-language version (translated by Otto Erich Hartleben) of selections from his Pierrot Lunaire to innovative atonal music. In a different, late romantic style, some of Hartleben's translations found their way into the vocal works of Joseph Marx.



  1. Albert Giraud's Pierrot Lunaire, translated and with an introduction by Gregory C. Richter.


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