old french song

May 9, 2007 10:15 AM

hi, what about a trip to southern France, with an occitan traditional sung by a choir ?

posted by nicolin (9 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

This one has been recorded in a small church in Arles during the Suds à Arles festival. Under the leadership of Manu Theron, a great folk singer who lives in Marseille and sings in le Cor de la Plana, we tried to provide as good a rendition as possible of this old folk song which until now has only be captured on a field recording by the like of alan lomax daniel loddo, a blind musician who dedicates his life to musical traditions of southern France. Between each verse, Manu Theron provides a translation and explanations to the audience, what gives to the song a meditative and peaceful mood, somehow reminiscent of stephan micus.
posted by nicolin at 10:27 AM on May 9, 2007

Sorry, I forgot :

explanation for Occitan is here.
posted by nicolin at 10:30 AM on May 9, 2007

Wow, what a beautiful thing. Thanks for posting it and thanks for the Occitan link.
posted by snsranch at 1:19 PM on May 9, 2007

Hooray for another user of the French tab!!!
posted by ORthey at 1:59 PM on May 9, 2007

This is fantastic. I love it when things this different to the usual get posted. Thx for posting it and I hope we will be hearing more from you.
posted by micayetoca at 3:45 PM on May 9, 2007

Mesmerizing. Can anyone provide a translation of what Manu Theron is saying, or barring that, a general explanation of the Occitan lyrics?
posted by Izner Myletze at 6:24 AM on May 10, 2007

Thank you nicolin, that is beautiful.
posted by misteraitch at 4:05 AM on May 11, 2007

Absolutely beautiful.
posted by Abiezer at 4:32 AM on May 13, 2007

posted by Jofus at 7:02 AM on May 16, 2007

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