Voice Lessons

Voice Lessons : French Melodie in the Belle Epoque

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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 melodie francaise 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 Faure, Debussy, and Ravel; the writings of Mallarme, Rimbaud, and Verlaine; the performances of Maggie Teyte, Reynaldo Hahn, and Sarah Bernhardt; the linguistic studies of Paul Passy and Abbe Rousselot: all these sources offer evidence of the new ideas of expression that proliferashow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 158 x 238 x 32mm | 721.21g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 15 black and white halftones, 96 line illustrations
  • 0195337050
  • 9780195337051
  • 1,699,440

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excellently researched and illuminating ... this is a book to be reckoned with. It tells its bedtime story eloquently and it approaches its repertory in more detail than elsewhere. * Richard Langham Smith, Music & Letters * 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, Music and Letters *show more

About Katherine Bergeron

Katherine Bergeron is Professor and Dean, College of Music, Brown Universityshow more

Table of contents

List of Figures ; List of Musical Examples ; Foreword: Telling History ; 1. ; Eve Sings, An Origin Story ; Melody ; Eve Sings ; Muteness ; Oral Pleasures ; Melos and Mimesis ; Mortal Melody ; Perfect prosody, androgynous melody ; Selfless Singers ; NOTES TO CHAPTER ONE ; The Mother Tongue Teaching the modern ABCs ; The People's Mouth L Figures of Speech Talking Machines Indelible Accents ; NOTES TO CHAPTER TWO ; Free Speech, Free Verse, and Music Before All Things ; Poetry and the People Vibrations of Language Accentus/ ad cantus Music After All Transcribing the voix parlee Unsung symbols ; NOTES TO CHAPTER THREE 4. L'Art de dire, or Language in Performance Venetian glass and marqueterie ; Vibrant noise, expressive elegance Dir(e) Expressions lyriques ; Forget that you are singers A Bird in a branch ; NOTES TO CHAPTER FOUR ; 5. Farewell to an Idea ; La verite ; Natural history ; Une voix du passe? ; Realism revisited ; In the shadow of the Faun ; Mirages ; NOTES TO CHAPTER FIVE ; Bibliographyshow more

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