France has a rich cultural tradition. It is the birthplace of several artistic and social movements and is home to a diverse musical tradition. If you’ve listened to the opera Carmen, a song by Édith Piaf, or a bagpiper’s band from Brittany, you’ve heard a bit of France’s rich musical repertoire…
Music of the France
France has a rich cultural tradition. It is the birthplace of several artistic and social movements and is home to a diverse musical tradition. If you’ve listened to the opera Carmen, a song by Édith Piaf, or a bagpiper’s band from Brittany, you’ve heard a bit of France’s rich musical repertoire.
French music refers to the traditional, folk, and contemporary music genres that have developed in France. These range from medieval classical music to contemporary street hip-hop and include famous genres like chanson and influential composers such as Georges Bizet.
Other French-speaking areas like Quebec, some African nations, islands of the Pacific and neighbouring Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg also produce music in French. However, despite some common grounds, there are significant cultural and historical differences. So when they are grouped together with the music of France, they are commonly referred to as francophone music.
French classical music first gained popularity among the nobility and wealthy families. It was, however, during the Romantic era of the 19th century, when this genre gained much more exposure. Great composers of the time created famous pieces that gained international recognition and are still admired. Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy were some of them.
Claude Debussy’s four-movement suite is the one on this list that you’ve most likely heard! It consists of four wonderfully tuneful, short pieces, with my personal favourite being Passepied and the most well-known being the passionate Clair de Lune.
Beautiful theatres were built in Paris and other major cities to house opera performances. During the 19th century, French opera gained international recognition and great composers like Georges Bizet created masterpieces that are still appreciated worldwide. Carmen is among his best-known pieces.
Édith Piaf is among the most important French chanson singers of the 20th century. Some of her famous songs are La Vie en Rose (The Pink Life) and Non, Je ne regrette rien (No, I don’t regret anything). More than 50 years after her death, her music continues to be heard, her voice still inspires many people, and she is remembered with admiration and esteem.
Widely regarded as the most popular French chanteuse, cultural icon and international star, Édith Piaf remains the greatest star of French Chanson. Born to a Norman street acrobat and a café singer, she was discovered in 1935 in the Pigalle Area of Paris by nightclub owner Louis Leplée. Specializing in ballads of a self-reflexive nature, “La Vie en Rose” (meaning life in rose-colored glasses; literally “life in pink”), written by Louis Guglielmi with lyrics by Piaf, is considered to be Piaf’s tour de force. With lyrics detailing the troubles of war time and the loss of love, La Vie en Rose became a favourite with not only French audiences, but listeners worldwide.
Nekfeu belongs the French rap scene and all of his albums have been a big success in France. He raps about French society, inequality and friendship. Songs like “On verra”, “Ma dope” or «Reuf» (Version Five) were top of the French charts.
This is a French band is composed of five French musicians and was created in 2011. Their songs consist of melodic French lyrics. Their last album “L’Oiseleur” (2018) brought them to the forefront of the French rock scene.
In the last decades of the 20th century, Breton music regained popularity, and folk music became very popular in regional festivals and celebrations. Most towns and villages have local bagads, or pipe bands who perform folk music.
Alan Stivell (born Alan Cochevelou on 6 January 1944) is a Breton and Celtic musician and singer, recording artist, and master of the Celtic harp. From the early 1970s, he revived global interest in the Celtic (specifically Breton) harp and Celtic music as part of world music. As a bagpiper and bombard player, he modernized traditional Breton music and singing in the Breton language. He was the precursor of Celtic rock. He is inspired by the union of the Celtic cultures and is a staunch defender of the Breton culture.
Corsican folk music often features choral singing in a style known as polyphony. It combines several melodies that are sung at the same time by the different performers. Folk music is present on many occasions, especially in religious services like processions and funerals.
This is a group which is very in love with their country, all their songs are sung in the native Corsican language. The music group was formed in the 1980s by two brothers Jean-Francois and Alain Bernardini. They both are from a small village in north Corsica called Tagliu-Isulacciu. I Muvrini is a type of wild sheep from the Corsican mountains. The brothers got introduced to traditional Corsican polyphony very early in their lives, by their father, Gjuliu. Gjuliu Bernardini was a famous Corsican poet and singer.
The singer was born in Marseille in the south of France. At the age of twelve, he acted in a play called “La Légende des santonniers”, after 4 years, he recorded his first song and in 1993 participated in Eurovision with the song called “Mama Corsica” which showed his love for the country. The song is praising Corsica, the majority of the lyrics are in French, but also, you can hear a line where Fiori says, “Tonight I am singing in Corsican for You” and then he starts to sing in Corsican as if the whole world would understand and join him.
This band was formed by 2 friends: Lucciana and Bastian. They took their names from the guerrilla army of the 17th century, which was not a typical army, but the one who defended the Corsican island against the French and fought for the island’s independence. All their songs are about politics, they are poetic about history and the life of the people. They are incorporating Latin-American sounds, different tempos and rhythms, singing in Corsican and other languages. Their songs are called the likes of “Towards the Freedom” or “I am Basque”.
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