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Great Performances: Léo Ferré “Avec le temps”

Great Performances:  Léo FerréAvec le temps

Cover of "Avec Le Temps"

Cover of Avec Le Temps

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Avec Le Temps: Léo Ferré

Léo Ferré (24 August 1916 – 14 July 1993) was a Franco-Monegasque poet, composer, singer and musician who mixed love and melancholy with moral anarchy, lyricism with slang, rhyming verse with prose monologues. He moved from music-hall to orchestral music, breaking free from the traditional song structure during the 1970s, inventing his own musical territory, powerfully dramatic and unique. He also set to music several poems by the French poètes maudits, such as François Villon,Charles BaudelairePaul Verlaine, and Arthur Rimbaud, as well as French poets from the 20th century like Guillaume Apollinaire and Louis Aragon.

He took a central place in the French song world and is a prominent figure in this domain. He was involved in anarchism and worked with Radio Libertaire, an anarchist free radio broadcasting in Paris and around France. Along with Georges Brassensand Jacques Brel, he is considered one of the greatest composers and writers of French songs.

Léo Ferré
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Léo Ferré (at left), in April 1985.
Background information
Born 24 August 1916
Died 14 July 1993 (aged 76)
Castellina in Chianti, Italy
Genres Chanson
French Pop
Occupations French singer-songwriter
Radio Personality
Instruments Piano
Years active 1946–1991
Labels Le Chant du Monde
Barclay Records
La Mémoire et la Mer
Website leo-ferre.com <FR>