Artworks known in English by a foreign title

Posted in Art and Culture

The following is an alphabetical list of works of art, mainly musical, that are often called by a non-English name in an English context.

Of course, many such titles are simply the names of people: Don Quixote, Irma la Douce, Madame Bovary, Tosca, Pell?as et M?lisande. These have been omitted, as have examples where the English may easily be inferred: Symphonie Fantastique, Les Liaisons dangereuses.

  • Aberystwyth Mon Amour, novel by Malcolm Pryce, after Hiroshima Mon Amour, below.
  • ? la recherche du temps perdu (French, "In Search of Lost Time"), novel by Marcel Proust.
  • Barcarolle: Une nuit ? Lisbonne (French, "Barcarolle: A Night in Lisbon"), symphonic poem by Camille Saint-Saens.
  • Cos? Fan Tutte (Italian, "That?s What They [feminine] All Do"), opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • Das Kapital (German, "Capital"), treatise by Karl Marx.
  • Das Klagende Lied (German, "The Lamentation"), cantata by Gustav Mahler.
  • Das Lied von der Erde (German, "The Song of the Earth", Symphony for One Tenor and One Alto, or Baritone, Voice and Orchestra (After Hans Bethge's 'The Chinese Flute'), by Gustav Mahler.
  • D?jeuner sur l'Herbe (French, "Lunch on the Grass"), painting by Edouard Manet.
  • Der Freisch?tz (German, "The Freeshooter/The Marksman"), opera by Carl Maria von Weber.
  • Desafinado (Portuguese, "Out of Tune"), song by Ant?nio Carlos Jobim.
  • Die Fledermaus (German, "The Bat"), operetta by Johann Strauss II.
  • Die Gl?ckliche Hand (German, "The Lucky Hand"), for chorus and orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg.
  • Die Sch?ne M?llerin (German, "The Fair Maid of the Mill"), song cycle by Franz Schubert.
  • Don Quichotte ? Dulcin?e (French, "Don Quixote to Dulcinea"), song cycle by Maurice Ravel.
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (German, "A Little Night-Music"), serenade by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • El Amor Brujo (Spanish, "Love, the Magician"), ballet by Manuel de Falla.
  • El C?ndor Pasa (Spanish, "The Condor Passes"), song by Daniel Alom?a Robles and Julio Baudouin.
  • Erwartung (German, "Expectation"), opera by Arnold Schoenberg.
  • G?tterd?mmerung (German, "Twilight of the Gods"), opera by Richard Wagner.
  • Gurrelieder (German, "Songs of Gurre"), oratorio by Arnold Schoenberg.
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour (French, "Hiroshima My Love"), film directed by Alain Resnais.
  • Huis Clos (French, "In Camera"), play by Jean-Paul Sartre.
  • Il Trovatore (Italian, "The Troubadour"), opera by Giuseppe Verdi.
  • Jeux d'Enfants (French, "Children's Games"), symphonic suite by Georges Bizet.
  • Kalevala (Finnish, "Lands of Kaleva"), epic poem by Elias L?nnrot.
  • Kindertotenlieder (German, "Songs of Dead Children"), song cycle by Gustav Mahler.
  • La Boh?me (French, "The [female] Bohemian"), opera by Giacomo Puccini.
  • La Cr?ation du Monde (French, "The Creation of the World"), ballet by Darius Milhaud.
  • La Cucaracha (Spanish, "The Cockroach"), traditional song.
  • La Dame aux Cam?lias (French, "The Lady of the Camellias"), novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils.
  • La Demoiselle ?lue (French, "The Chosen Girl"), cantata by Claude Debussy
  • La Dolce Vita (Italian, "The Sweet Life"), film directed by Federico Fellini.
  • La Mer (French, "The Sea"), symphonic poem by Claude Debussy.
  • La Vie en Rose (French, "Life Through Rose-Tinted Glasses"), song by Louis Gugliemi and ?dith Piaf.
  • Le B?uf sur le Toit (French, "The Ox on the Roof"), ballet by Darius Milhaud.
  • Le Chasseur Maudit (French, "The Cursed Huntsman"), symphonic poem by C?sar Franck.
  • L'enfant et les sortil?ges (French, "The Child and the Spells"), opera by Maurice Ravel.
  • Le Grand Meaulnes (French, "The Great Meaulnes"), novel by Alain-Fournier.
  • L'?tranger (French, "The Outsider"), novel by Albert Camus.
  • L'heure espagnole (French, "The Spanish Hour/The Time in Spain"), opera by Maurice Ravel.
  • Liebestod (German, "Love's Death"), duet from the opera Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner.
  • L'Isle Joyeuse (French, "The Joyful Isle"), piano piece by Claude Debussy.
  • M? Vlast (Czech, "My Fatherland"), cycle of symphonic poems by Bedrich Smetana.
  • Mein Kampf (German, "My Struggle"), autobiography by Adolf Hitler.
  • Nessun Dorma (Italian, "No-one Shall Sleep"), aria from Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot.
  • Pavane pour une infante d?funte (French, "Pavane for a Dead Infanta"), piano/orchestral piece by Maurice Ravel.
  • Petite Fleur (French, "Little Flower"), instrumental by Sidney Bechet.
  • Pierrot Lunaire (French, "Moonlit [or Moonstruck] Pierrot"), song cycle by Arnold Schoenberg.
  • Pr?lude ? l'apr?s-midi d'un faune (French, "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun"), symphonic poem by Claude Debussy.
  • Tristan und Isolde (German, "Tristan and Iseult"), opera by Richard Wagner.
  • Turandot (Persian, "Turan's Daughter"), opera by Giacomo Puccini.
  • Vers la flamme (French, "Towards the Flame"), piano piece by Alexander Scriabin.
  • Winterreise (German, "Winter Journey"), song cycle by Franz Schubert.

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