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In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf

Fri Mar 24, 2006 1:55 pm

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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RE: In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf

Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:14 pm

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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RE: In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf

Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:50 pm

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

And, about Ms. LuPone -- I wonder if she is very popular in France!  Smile
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RE: In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf

Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:09 pm

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...

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RE: In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf

Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:02 am

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

Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:06 am

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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RE: In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf

Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:08 am

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!
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RE: In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf

Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:13 am

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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RE: In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf

Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:15 am

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.

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RE: In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf

Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:44 am

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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RE: In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf

Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:59 am

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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RE: In The Tradition Of Edith Piaf

Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:44 am

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

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