Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg | The Classical Music Love Affair
On the back of Jane Birkin’s return to the stage with ‘Gainsbourg Symphonic’ at the Barbican last month, Herbert contributor, Faye Fearon explores the relationship between iconic model, actress and singer Jane Birkin and French composer Serge Gainsbourg and how it extended through to classical music.
Photograph by Tony Frank | La Galerie De L’Instant
Jane Birkin’s life mirrors a symphony. Movement after movement, her years of ageing have marked her transitions from one chain of a composition to another. Acting opened her illustrious interlude, followed by a blossoming relationship with Serge Gainsbourg, which subsequently led to a transition into recording music. Her final movement? A solidification of iconicity. She’s cemented a lifelong ability to exude a charming, charismatic aura, no matter what field she dips into. Her symphony has yet to come to a close, and that is in part thanks to her most recent ode to her former lover through the aid of the orchestral field.