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Voice lessons : French mélodie in the belle epoque

Author: Katherine Bergeron
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Series: New cultural history of music.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Language, education, science, and song come together in surprising ways in Katherine Bergeron's new history of music in the Belle Epoque. Voice Lessons examines the modern musical art known as la mélodie française and its rise to prominence in the years around 1900-a period when France was pouring resources into national literacy and French scholars were beginning to grasp the nuances of the spoken tongue.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bergeron, Katherine.
Voice lessons.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
(OCoLC)671558253
Named Person: Gabriel Fauré, Komponist.; Claude Debussy
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Bergeron
ISBN: 9780195337051 0195337050
OCLC Number: 301948403
Description: xx, 400 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm.
Contents: Eve sings, an origin story --
The mother tongue --
Free speech, free verse, and "music before all things" --
L'art de dire, or Language in performance --
Farewell to an idea.
Series Title: New cultural history of music.
Responsibility: Katherine Bergeron.
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"Language, education, science, and song come together in surprising ways in Katherine Bergeron's new history of music in the Belle Epoque. Voice Lessons examines the modern musical art known as la mélodie française and its rise to prominence in the years around 1900-a period when France was pouring resources into national literacy and French scholars were beginning to grasp the nuances of the spoken tongue. Bergeron explores the relationship between the free, secular, and compulsory school system of the Third Republic, and the experimental sciences of language that grew alongside it, to observe the ways in which both science and school redefined the verbal arts in France at century's end. The music of Fauré, Debussy, and Ravel; the writings of Mallarmé, Rimbaud, and Verlaine; the performances of Maggie Teyte, Reynaldo Hahn, and Sarah Bernhardt; the linguistic studies of Paul Passy and Abbé Rousselot: all these sources offer evidence of the new ideas of expression that proliferated during one of the most idealistic moments in French musical history, when poets, composers, actors, singers, and scientists all learned to imagine-and to speak-their language in new ways. Through close readings of songs, poems, sound recordings, and other historical records, Voice Lessons narrates the development of a rare musical art, seeking to explain why this art emerged, why it mattered, and why it eventually disappeared." -- Publisher's information.

The sounds of the French language, the history of French education, the cultural politics of the Third Republic, and the performance of French verse come surprisingly together in Katherine Bergeron's book which is a study of the modern vocal art known as la mélodie française.

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Bergeron is no score-dodger and the music is exactly in the right place: central. Surrounding this is a wealth of detail and context opening up bypaths previously unexplored. Richard Langham Smith, Read more...

 
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