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    Pierre Bernac(Author),Winifred Radford(Translator)

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"No voice teacher, no coach, no accompanist, no singer, and for that matter, no music-lover should be without this publication . . . from a man whose knowledge of this repertoire is so complete and profound as to make his treatment of it definitive and without equal." ―Notes

This is the standard work on its subject, and its author the outstanding authority. Pierre Bernac had a long and distinguished career as a singer, specializing in the French song (or mélodie) repertoire. For many years he was incomparable partnered by Francis Poulenc, one of the composers discussed in this book. M. Bernac later taught and gave master classes in Europe and the United States. He died in 1979.

Among eighteen composers whose vocal works are covered in the book are Berlioz, Gounod, Duparc, Chausson, Fauré, Debussy, Satie, Ravel―as well as Poulenc and others. The greater part of each composer's output in the genre is discussed: texts of nearly 200 songs are given in French, with line-for-line verse translations by Winifred Radford, notes on pronunciation, and simple but detailed suggestion for performance and interpretation. Preceding these sections on the songs themselves are three most important chapters on performance and interpretation in vocal music, on singing in French, and on the particular problems involved in the interpretation of French mélodies.

This is the book every serious singer needs―and, more and more, singers are "discovering" French song. It is also an invaluable guide for the concert-goer and record collector.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to the Paperback edition. The Interpretation of French Song is the standard work on its subject, and its author the outstanding authority.Among the eighteen composers whose vocal works are covered in the book are Berlioz, Gounod, Duparc, Chausson, Faure, Debussy, Satie, Ravel - as well as Poulenc and others. The greater part of each composer's output in the genre is discussed: texts of nearly 200 songs are given in French, with line-for-line verse translation by Winifred Radford, notes on pronunciation, and simple but detailed suggestions for performance and interpretation. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • By Cembalista on September 9, 2015

    This book is the gold standard of mélodie interpretation and performance. Bernac gives a concise introduction to singing in French, including all of the linguistic aspects particular to the language, such as liaisons, elisions, acceptable breaths, and overall survey of French art song. If you are singing a French art song whose poetry is included in this book and have not consulted it for details on liaisons, breaths, and some issues of tempo, everyone who has been trained in this genre will know. (Really.)

  • By Dana Yeary on April 30, 2017

    This book was purchased for a college class. The description was exactly what I needed in order to make my decision.

  • By Hong Liang Ng on September 8, 2017

    It is useful and handy to interpret French art songs, especially from Bernac himself. I don't have to aimlessly google about them.

  • By Jeanette S. Myers on October 27, 2017

    delighted to have found this very useful book

  • By N. KOERNER on March 23, 2015

    Served it's purpose

  • By Musicmaven on December 14, 2012

    So happy to have this in my music collection! Nice to have a book handy, instead of looking all this upon the internet.

  • By aguicarolyn on February 13, 2016

    I love this little book and use it for most of my french song rep.

  • By L. A. Stait on December 3, 2012

    very useful as a reference for recital and performance. Pierre Bernac is the ultimate reference for the interpretation of french song.


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