What is chanson?

Olga Reznik
Olga Reznik
March 22, 2013
What is chanson?

Chanson is a song (translated from French). Those who are interested in what chanson is should know that this word is used in two meanings.

  • The first value: the chanson of the Renaissance and the late Middle Ages. At that time, chanson was a song sung in French, a secular song and certainly polyphony. And in the period of its formation, this genre developed from monophonic truver songs. Famous chanson of that time - Guillaume de Macho, Gilles Benschau, Oquegem, Villars, Josquin and others.
  • The value of the second: pop French song in the style of cabaret. The chanson genre at the end of the nineteenth century began to be used by French cabaret singers. From the cabaret chanson rode to the stage of the twentieth century.

There are two genres of chanson. This is a classic chanson, where much attention is paid to the lyrics of songs that are performed, as a rule, by the author himself. Typical classic chanson - Leo Ferret, Jacques Brel, partly Salvatore Adamo and Charles Aznavour.

Another genre of chanson is the so-called “new chanson” of the young generation of French entertainers, who, while retaining a reverent attitude to the lyrics,they brought into the chanson elements of rock, electronic music, various ethnic rhythms.

What is Russian chanson? This is a collective name for various genres of Russian music: urban romance, bard, émigré, military, and even pop songs.