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Voice Lessons: French Mélodie in the Belle Epoque

Katherine Bergeron


This book examines the modern musical art known as la mélodie française, and its emergence in France the last decades of the 19th century. It was a time when the state had begun pouring resources into national literacy and scholars were starting to grasp the nuances of the spoken tongue. The book explores the relationship between the free, secular, and compulsory school system of the Third Republic, and the experimental sciences of language that grew alongside it, to observe the ways in which both science and school redefined the verbal arts in France circa 1900. The music of Fauré, Debussy, a ... More

Keywords: French song, mélodie, French poetry, French theater, French education, phonology, phonetics, the Belle Epoque

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195337051
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337051.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Bergeron, author
Brown University