French Vocal Music

The human voice with or without any instrument(s)
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Re: French Vocal Music

Post by caostotale » Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:04 pm

This work sort of defies simple categorization, but I thought this would be the safest bet. I suppose it's a ballet, but the wordless voices are heavily utilized:

Darius MILHAUD
L'homme et son désir, op.48, for four wordless singers, solo wind, percussion and strings; scenario by Paul Claudel (piano reduction, 1918)
Milhaud - L'Homme et son Desir, Op. 48 (piano reduction).pdf
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Re: French Vocal Music

Post by Timtin » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:55 pm

Laurent de Rillé (1828-1915) wrote lots of partsongs.
This particular one may well bring Liszt to mind!
Rillé Hungarian March.pdf
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Re: French Vocal Music

Post by caostotale » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:24 pm

I've always found the works of Les Six member Georges Auric to be incredibly charming. While the bulk of his output is actually film music (over 100 scores to his name), Auric also wrote several song cycles and some great instrumental music over the years. Here are a few song sets from the late 1920s. I apologize for the oppressive size of these files. The pages were significantly yellowed and this was the only way I could get them to look good. I encourage anyone who wants to streamline them to do so, because I don't know how :?

Georges AURIC
Romances (2) de Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, for voice and piano (1927)
http://www.mediafire.com/?95og795evvld3j8

Chansons (5) de Lise Hirtz, for voice and piano (1928)
http://www.mediafire.com/?1if9a57xel653w1

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Re: French Vocal Music

Post by caostotale » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:29 am

I was tempted to stick this piece into the 'music for unusual instruments' topic until I remembered that this is where I ended up placing the L'Homme et son désir vocal score (which also employs wordless voice parts). The other five 'little' or 'chamber' symphonies are all available on IMSLP.org or in one nice and cheap Dover volume. For some reason, this one was left out, even though it is only separated from the fifth work (op. 75) by a few opus numbers. In line with those works, it is a somewhat difficult piece to enjoy, seeing as it is representative of Milhaud's earlier experiments with strict polyphony.

From allmusic.com:

The unusual Chamber Symphony No 6 is perhaps the most ambitious of Milhaud's works in this genre. Scored for oboe, cello and four voices, the work is suggestive of his celebrated ballet L'Homme et son désir, written five years earlier when the composer was living in Brazil. The piece does not follow the fast-slow-fast pattern of movements typical of the other chamber symphonies. The undulating first movement establishes that the parts for soprano, contralto, tenor and bass are to be treated as elements of the instrumental texture, not as soloists or concertante parts. The colorful, ethereal second movement continues this mood in a more snazzy vein. The slow final movement reacquaints us with Milhaud's love of jazz and the popular music of his day. The composer flirts with some popular jazz melodies tossed between the various instrumental and vocal parts, an effect that is comfortably haunting and engaging.

Darius MILHAUD
Little Symphony no. 6, for vocal quartet, oboe, and cello, op. 79 (1923)
Milhaud - Little Symphony no. 6, for vocal quartet, oboe, and cello, op. 79 (1923).pdf
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Re: French Vocal Music

Post by relative » Sun May 26, 2013 10:52 am

Have anybody ever seen such a thing as Léo Delibes Pizzicato from "Sylvia" vocal transcription?
Actually I mean is there French text existing? Or it`s Russian invention?
All YouTube clips are on Russian
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB7tZ_TxAkA
And score as "Poupée" (Кукла) is available on Tarakanov`s site. No text author is mentioned.

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Re: French Vocal Music

Post by Alkan81 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:22 am

Have anyone a complete songs by Poulenc? Especially for baritone ?

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Re: French Vocal Music

Post by Timtin » Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:11 pm

Have you tried Scorser? It seems to have some Poulenc songs
which don't appear on IMSLP, but they might not be what you're
looking for.
http://en.scorser.com/S/Sheet+music/Pou ... /-1/1.html

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Re: French Vocal Music

Post by Jim Faston » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:53 pm

Here's a B&W PDF I made of a nice song by Lili Boulanger from BNF. Thanks to 4candles for the link.
Boulanger, Lili_Dans L'Immense Tristesse.pdf
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Re: French Vocal Music

Post by Paddys » Sat Aug 22, 2015 10:13 am

Here is a little song by Isaac de Camondo. I found the score on eBay.fr and had to buy it immediately. It is a setting of Je Respire ou tu palpites by Victor Hugo and was published in Le Figaro Illustré.
Isaac Camondo (Victor Hugo) song.pdf
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