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The Interpretation of French Song [Paperback]

Pierre Bernac , Winifred Radford
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20 Jun 1998
Detailing the understanding and performance of French song, famous French baritone Pierre Bernac provides insight in this book for singers, accompanists, and concert-goers. Teamed with composer Francis Poulenc for more than 25 years, Bernac and Poulenc became a legend and one of the first duos to be recognized as equals within the music arena. Texts of over 200 songs are given in French with line-for-line translations in English. This comprehensive approach to the French repertoire also includes tips on pronunciation, performance, and interpretation.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kahn & Averill; New edition edition (20 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871082633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871082630
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bernac's invaluable guide to this rare art 26 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I have had this book for six years now, and still refer to it on a regular basis when learning new French Songs. As a performer it is extremely useful to have this insight into the detailed thoughts of one of the great song singers of this century. Bernac spent many years working with English singers so he was well equiped to address them in this book, and many of the comments deal with issues peculiar to anglophones, although I have several French colleagues who also look to the book for guidance. Winifred Radford's translations are accurate and usually capture the atmosphere of the poetry, although this is hard when dealing with poets such as Eluard whose implications are welded to the French language. These translations are printed in parallel with the original texts on which Bernac offers suggested breaths and helpful guides to unexpected pronunciations and the sometimes contentious issues of elision. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a serious interest in French Song, as a performer, coach or listener, although most of them will probably know of this text. It must be the next best thing to a masterclass with the great man.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor physical quality. GET THE HARDBACK. 8 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
While this book is recommended to any singing student wanting to take chanson further, and highly revered by most accompanists, the actual book quality is poor.
This is a standard for advanced singing students who expect to be dipping in and out of it on a regular basis, It should therefore be hardback only, or at least have a much sturdier cover. this edition is RUBBISH - very flimsy cover , very thin pages and the type is tiny, I've seen better Mills & Boon.
If you have to get it as part of your reading list for uni, then this is reasonably-priced, but you'll thank the day you get yourself a better / hardback (possibly 2nd-hand) copy...but I had a shock when I found the decent copy online - 43+ quid from the States. Ah well. Of course, this is NO reflection on the content, but there's no point buying an important reference book if it shreds like a paper hanky in a handbag.
At least "Lieder Line By Line" is built to last. Will avoid any obvious comments about German engineering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for native French speakers too 17 Jan 2008
By C. Orde
Format:Hardcover
In the Foreword Bernac modestly says that the book "does not claim to be anything more than a guide for English-speaking singers who wish to study a repertoire which may not be very familiar to them". It is in fact far more than that, and French-speaking singers will find his suggestions for interpretation, tempo, expression and dynamics to be invaluable. He has an unerring instinct for when a song merits a few general comments for its interpretation and when it calls for a detailed phrase-by-phrase analysis. His choice of repertoire for inclusion in this relatively compact book is surprisingly comprehensive. Particularly useful are his suggestions for when to use the liaison (final consonants being sounded before a word that begins with a vowel, which happens more frequently in poetic language than in normal speech) and when not to. Liaisons are not always intuitive or obvious, even to those who were born and brought up in French.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singers must have this book. 3 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A most necessary companion for singers of all levels preparing French song literature. Pierre Bernac is full of insightful interpretations of much of the standard French literature and some not-so-standard, as well. Excellent translations and detailed interpretations make the book an invaluable resource.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Interpretation of French Song 16 Nov 2003
By Eileen Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Pierre Bernac's book is an invaluable resource for all classical singers, voice teachers and vocal coaches. His writing is eloquent and graceful and the facts he offers on French diction and song interpretation are easy to comprehend. The poems of major French poets, set to music by many foremost French composers, are analyzed with guidance on elision and liaison, breath points and interpretation.He also includes a poetic English translation of each poem. Having been fortunate enough to have worked with Pierre Bernac earlier in my singing career, I have complete confidence in his artistic thoughts on all aspects of diction and performance of the French mélodie. My book is falling apart after all these years and I will most certainly buy another! You voice students out there who are interested in performance-GET THIS BOOK!
Eileen Davis, Author of: Sing French, Diction for Singers
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for native French singers too 8 May 2008
By C. Orde - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In the Foreword Bernac modestly says that the book "does not claim to be anything more than a guide for English-speaking singers who wish to study a repertoire which may not be very familiar to them". It is in fact far more than that, and French-speaking singers will find his suggestions for interpretation, tempo, expression and dynamics to be invaluable. He has an unerring instinct for when a song merits a few general comments for its interpretation and when it calls for a detailed phrase-by-phrase analysis. His choice of repertoire for inclusion in this relatively compact book is surprisingly comprehensive. Particularly useful are his suggestions for when to use the liaison (final consonants being sounded before a word that begins with a vowel, which happens more frequently in poetic language than in normal speech) and when not to. Liaisons are not always intuitive or obvious, even to those who were born and brought up in French.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most valuable tool 20 May 2008
By K. Wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What a wonderful and insightful book this is! The tempi recommended are what blows me away-every one suddenly makes the song fit like a glove. The comments and background info for the composers and individual pieces are very thorough-I only wish there was every French melodie in there, I feel so much more secure with the songs that are included!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need to have 17 April 2013
By Beka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For any classical singer, you need to have this book. It has everything and anything about many different french artists and their song cycles.
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