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In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf  
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1595 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?

Thanks in advance.

[Edited 2006-03-24 06:14:15]

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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9328 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1587 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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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1566 times:

Ah, interesting. I think I have heard of Ms. Lemper.

And, about Ms. LuPone -- I wonder if she is very popular in France!  Smile


User currently offlineFlyingbabydoc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1562 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...

Alex


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1553 times:

Regarding Edith Piaf, I've read that much of Paris was completely congested with traffic at her funeral. She made quite an impact.  Smile

User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1547 times:

My mother was quite a follower of Edith Piaf. I have quite frankly never heard her recordings, but I might one of these days to at least get a taste of her art.


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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1547 times:

I think it would be rather easy to order CD's of her work, as she still has a significant following. I've seen her music advertised on music websites. Happy listening!

User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1544 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 6):
I think it would be rather easy to order CD's of her work, as she still has a significant following. I've seen her music advertised on music websites. Happy listening!

Ha, but there's I-tunes and Ares first (for a preview that is).



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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1541 times:

Quoting Derico (Reply 7):
Ha, but there's I-tunes and Ares first (for a preview that is).

Well, that's fine, but that newfangled electronic download stuff scares me! Nothing like good old CD's for me.

 Wink


User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1538 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 8):
Well, that's fine, but that newfangled electronic download stuff scares me! Nothing like good old CD's for me

I do get the CD, if there is more than 3 good songs in the thing.



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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 8):
Quoting Derico (Reply 7):
Ha, but there's I-tunes and Ares first (for a preview that is).

Well, that's fine, but that newfangled electronic download stuff scares me! Nothing like good old CD's for me.

Bah. Give me vinyl, or give me death.


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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 1):
She's not French

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 


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