AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2437 times:
I've always thought that the tradition of the chanteuse in French culture served as an exponent of a sort of ennui unique to its time of florescence. That is, that the sadness tinged with wistfulness and nostalgia of the chanteuse encapsulated the spirit of a bygone time, within a time that is itself long past.
Perhaps foremost among such songstresses was Edith Piaf.
What has become of this tradition, I wonder? For those who have visited France, is this style of expression still popular, at least in some circles?
STLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9907 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2429 times:
She's not French, but lives in Paris part time....German born Ute Lemper is fantastic and utterly amazing to see perform live.
It could be said that Patti LuPone is working her way into becoming a Chanteuse of the spirit of old style Broadway musicals, given her career of musicals performed in concerts over the past couple of years leading up to her engagement of Sweeney Todd, now on Broadway.
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Flyingbabydoc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2404 times:
She still is far from being a chanteuse... yet, but on a remake of classic french songs on her CD "piano bar" (from the film "Ladies and Gentlemen") I think Patricia Kaas showed that she could go that direction if she wanted to. The "chill-out" arrangements for songs like Un Homme et une Femme, Et maintenant, etc. were terrific.
But nothing compares yet to the Sparrow of France. I for one love Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet...