Ideological prejudice in the approach to French songs

 

Ideological prejudice in the approach to French songs

University of the Arts, Taiwan, November 2012

Having been asked to talk about French songs to a Taiwanese audience, I had to look for a thread that could allow me to tell you what I wanted to communicate that you couldn’t find in books.

Good books have been written on French songs. I can mention Graham Johnson and Richard Stokes, A French Song Companion[1], and Le Guide de la Mélodie et du Lied[2], edited by Brigitte François-Sappey and Gilles Cantagrel, both of which we currently use in France.

Here you may start to understand the title of this lecture, and the beginning of a question: why no book in France on French song for its own sake? Why a “Guide for Lied AND Melody”? Why should French art so much depend on German?

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