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Léo Ferré – Avec le temps


Léo Ferré – Avec le temps 

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Léo FERRE (2/10) : Vingt ans / La chambre / Le scaphandrier


Léo FERRE (2/10) : Vingt ans / La chambre / Le scaphandrier

Léo Ferré (24 August 1916 – 14 July 1993) was a Monegasque poet, composer and a dynamic and controversial live performer whose career in France dominated the years after the Second World Waruntil his death. He released some forty albums over this period, composing the music and the majority of the lyrics. He released many hit singles, particularly between 1960 and the mid-seventies. Some of his songs have become classics of the French chanson repertoire, such as Avec le temps, C’est extra or Jolie Môme.

Along with Georges BrassensJacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg, he is considered one of the greatest French singer-songwriters of all times, but unlike Brel and Gainsbourg, or even Charles Aznavour, his songs are very little known in the English-speaking world. Ferré was an anarchist; he may be the greatest French protest singer ever.

Ferré’s lyrics were extremely incisive and tuned in to the issues of the day, but also astonishingly poetic. He mixed revolt with love and melancholy, sophisticated lyricism with slang and shouts, rhyming verse with prose monologues. He moved from music-hall to symphonic music, breaking free from the traditional song structure, inventing his own musical territory, powerfully dramatic and unique. He also popularized the French poètes maudits, such as François VillonCharles BaudelairePaul Verlaine, and Arthur Rimbaud, as well as great French poets from the 20th century like Guillaume Apollinaire and Louis Aragon, by setting into music many of their poems.

 

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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
Monaco
Died 14 July 1993 (aged 76)
Castellina in Chianti, Italy
Genres Chanson
Symphonic
French Pop
Occupations French singer-songwriter
Writer
Printer
Conductor
Radio Personality
Instruments Piano
Years active 1946–1991
Labels Le Chant du Monde
Odéon
Barclay Records
CBS
RCA
EPM
La Mémoire et la Mer
Website leo-ferre.com <FR>