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Understanding French Verse: A Guide for Singers

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This guide is aimed at singers and singing teachers interseted in the French song repertoire. In a clear and concise way, using ex... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

This guide is aimed at singers and singing teachers interseted in the French song repertoire. In a clear and concise way, using examples from well known song settings, it sets out the basics of French versification, showing how an understanding of verse techniques can enhance the enjoyment and interpretation of the French melodie.

Autorentext

David Hunter is a graduate of Oxford University, where he specialized in 19th and 20th century French poetry. He is currently studying the verse of the melodie as part of a postgraduate degree. He is a keen amateur singer and collects rare recordings of French song.



Klappentext

Understanding French Verse: A Guide for Singers explains the formal structure of the French language and sets out the basics of French versification, using examples drawn from a wide range of well-known song settings. In clear and concise style, it explains the Alexandrine meter typically used in French-language poetry, how to distinguish different meters by counting syllables, how to identify stresses and rhyme in French verse, and ultimately, how to enhance the interpretation and enjoyment of the melodie . The book also offers valuable resources, including a brief history of French versification, detailed analysis of several poems, a glossary of technical terms, and suggestions for further reading. While other books help singers with French diction, or offer translations of French texts, no other book helps a singer understand the meaning behind what they are singing. Understanding French Verse is an essential tool for singers, accompanists, and other musicians who want to understand more about the French texts with which they are working.



Zusammenfassung
Advice to young singers often follows the standard line of the great French singer Claire Croiza: Study the poem away from the music, so that you know what the words really mean. But Croizas advice is notoriously difficult to follow when performing French melodies. Just how do you approach a French poem? In the lyric poetry on which the melodie is based, meaning is conveyed not just through the words but also through the poems formal structure. Understanding French Verse: A Guide for Singers explains this formal structure and sets out the basics of French versification, using examples drawn from a wide range of well-known song settings. Its chapters examine French meters, stanzaic forms, sonnets, rondels and other fixed forms, rhyme and sound patterning, and free verse poems. Written in a clear and concise way, it explains the Alexandrine, how to distinguish different meters by counting syllables, and how to identify stresses in French verse. The book also illustrates how rhyme works and the ways in which a French sonnet differs from its counterpart in English. And it demonstrates how the understanding of verse techniques enhances the interpretation and enjoyment of the melodie. The book also offers valuable resources, including a brief history of French versification, detailed analysis of several poems, a glossary of technical terms, and suggestions for further reading. While other books help singers with French diction, or offer translations of French texts, no other book helps a singer understand the meaning behind what they are singing. Understanding French Verse is an essential tool for singers, accompanists, and other musicians who want to understand more about the French texts with which they are working. It also provides a useful basic introduction to students of French poetry.

Inhalt

1. Why This Guide? 2. The Basics of the French Line 3. Common French Meters 4. Stanzas 5. Sonnets, rondels, and other fixed forms 6. Rhyme 7. Free verse Appendix 1: Commentaries on four poems Adieux de l'hotesse arabe Le colibri En sourdine Montparnasse Appendix 2: Pomes and songs discussed in the guide Appendix 3: A brief history of French versification Glossary of technical terms Notes Suggestions for further reading Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Understanding French Verse: A Guide for Singers
Untertitel: A Guide for Singers
Autor:
EAN: 9780198039365
ISBN: 978-0-19-803936-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Musik
Anzahl Seiten: 144
Veröffentlichung: 17.03.2005
Jahr: 2005
Untertitel: Englisch