« Back to Events

Concert of French Songs November 4 at the University of Portland

The University of Portland will present a concert of all-French mélodies by Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, and Poulenc.

Valery Saul is one of the two singers who will be accompanied by a pianist in the Portland performance of French mélodies. The free concert is Wednesday, November 4, at the Mago Hunt Performance Hall at the University of Portland at 12:30.

mélodie is a French art song, the equivalent of the German liedMélodies have been composed since the mid-19th century. A chanson, by contrast, is a folk or popular song.

Gabriel Urbain Fauré (pictured at left), along with Maurice Ravel, was one of the foremost French composers of his generation whose musical style influenced many 20th-century composers.

Claude Debussy, perhaps best known for Clair de lune, embraced nontraditional scales and tonal structures and is one of the most highly regarded composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is seen as the founder of musical impressionism.

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist whose works include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Influenced by Erik Satie, Poulenc was part of a group of young composers known as Les Six.

In addition to being utterly lovely, hearing these songs sung in French will tune up your ear!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 12:30 PM
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 1:30 PM
Mago Hunt Center, University of Portland
Google Map
5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR, United States, 97213

Copyright © Alliance Française de Portland. The Alliance Française de Portland is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) institution.