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Musiques occitanes - Camille Martel - Jordan Saïsset

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Through 100 albums, this book by Camille Martel and Jordan Saïsset manages to define the Occitan music in all their multiplicity.

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TypePaperback
Year2016
LanguageFrench
Pages240
Format21 x 1,7 x 14,9 cm
DistributorLe mot et le reste
ISBN978-2-360542-25-3

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Musiques occitanes - Camille Martel et Jordan Saïsset

An invitation to discover the diversity of Occitan music through the ages and places!

In fifty years, from the revival initiated by Claude Marti in the 1970s to the experiments of the collective La Nòvia through the Occitan reggae of the Massilia Sound System, the songs and music of the countries of oc have unveiled all their multiplicity.

One plunges with it into a complex mythology, where the troubadours and Cathars meet, contemporary social struggles and oral transmission, but also Caribbean music, the Orient, and special affinities with the cultures of the Mediterranean basin or the Brazilian Nordeste. We re-discover the memory of the rural and urban populations, united by a certain idea of ​​the liberation of peoples, of cultural recognition, of living together and of multiculturalism. In order to understand all the stakes, the book explains in a preamble the social and political context of these various resurrections of the Occitan music of expression, a privileged vector of a culture still largely unknown.

Travel in time and place (because Occitan space is neither more nor less than half of France, from Bordeaux to Lyon, via the Occitan valleys of Italy in the Limousin, to the Val d'Aran In Catalonia), Musiques Occitanes gives an account of all the musicalities of this "country that wants to live", its wealth and its contradictions, its roots and its travels.

Signed by two young authors, Camille Martel and Jordan Saïsset, "Musiques Occitanes" does not wish to make the exhaustive list of singers and musicians of Occitan expression but rather to offer an overview, a panel of Occitan music creation since the beginnings of its Recording until today, through the selection of 100 discs released between the early 60s and 2016s.

Between purely subjective choices and emblematic evidences, one discovers (or rediscovers) thanks to this book all the richness and the diversity of Occitan music.

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Parler de « musique occitane » s’avère toujours périlleux. Car où poser le marqueur et définir les caractéristiques d’une musique qui se définirait par son « occitanité » ?
Les  troubadours,  poètes  et  musiciens  du  Moyen  Âge  classique, sont  le  point  de  départ  de  la  création  artistique  en  langue  d’oc; leur épopée commence au
XIe siècle pour s’achever au XIVe siècle.
Leur  renommée  sera  telle  que  leurs  créations  poétiques  influenceront toute l’Europe littéraire, des trouvères de langue d’oïl aux Minnesänger allemands,  en  passant par Dante, qui  fera parler le troubadour Bertran de Born (1140-1215) dans un passage de la Divine  Comédie. Huit cents ans plus tard, leur influence ne se  dément  pas,  tant  du  point  de  vue  littéraire  que  musical. Cet univers sonore d’inspiration médiévale se devine dans la production discographique occitane contemporaine, dans le timbre d’instruments  particuliers  tout  autant  que  dans  la  façon  de  les  faire sonner. Cependant, il serait réducteur d’en faire l’alpha de toutes
les créations musicales d’aujourd’hui.

Editions Le Mot et le reste, 2014.

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