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The Interpretation of French Song (Norton Library)by Pierre Bernac
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This is the standard work on its subject, and its author the outstanding authority. Pierre Bernac had a long and distinguished career as a singer, specializing in the French song (or mélodie) repertoire. For many years he was incomparable partnered by Francis Poulenc, one of the composers discussed in this book. M. Bernac later taught and gave master classes in Europe and the United States. He died in 1979.
Among eighteen composers whose vocal works are covered in the book are Berlioz, Gounod, Duparc, Chausson, Fauré, Debussy, Satie, Ravel--as well as Poulenc and others. The greater part of each composer's output in the genre is discussed: texts of nearly 200 songs are given in French, with line-for-line verse translations by Winifred Radford, notes on pronunciation, and simple but detailed suggestion for performance and interpretation. Preceding these sections on the songs themselves are three most important chapters on performance and interpretation in vocal music, on singing in French, and on the particular problems involved in the interpretation of French mélodies.
This is the book every serious singer needs--and, more and more, singers are "discovering" French song. It is also an invaluable guide for the concert-goer and record collector.
"No voice teacher, no coach, no accompanist, no singer, and for that matter, no music-lover should be without this publication . . . from a man whose knowledge of this repertoire is so complete and profound as to make his treatment of it definitive and without equal." --Notes
The Interpretation of French Song is the standard work on its subject, and its author the outstanding authority.Among the eighteen composers whose vocal works are covered in the book are Berlioz, Gounod, Duparc, Chausson, Faure, Debussy, Satie, Ravel - as well as Poulenc and others. The greater part of each composer's output in the genre is discussed: texts of nearly 200 songs are given in French, with line-for-line verse translation by Winifred Radford, notes on pronunciation, and simple but detailed suggestions for performance and interpretation.
Table of Contents
Performance and interpretation of vocal music — On singing French — The interpretation of French mâelodies — Berlioz, Gounod — Franck, Lalo, St-Saèens, Delibes, Bizet, Massenet — Duparc — Chabrier — Chausson — Faurâe — Debussy — Satie, Caplet — Roussel — Ravel — Poulenc — Other composers.
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