31 January 2022

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This week it's all about: The music of France

The country of egalité, fraternité, liberté, wine, Citroëns and les gilets jaunes; most of this music is the embodiment of the Gallic shrug. 

The history of French music is long and illustrious. France, of course, has long been known for its exquisite taste in cuisine and fashion and is world-famous for its luxury perfumes and for inventing high heels. Likewise, music has always been an integral part of French culture, although the genres of music have changed over the years. The diversity of French music can be attributed to the fact that it has incorporated sounds and beats from many other countries and people. It is not unusual to hear American, Asian, Latin American, or African influences when you listen to French music. 

Early French music was holy tunes from the Roman Catholic Church. It wasn't long before French musicians began to compose ballads and songs about love. The 19th century stands out as the romantic era in French music due to both the songs and the many romantic theatre shows produced during this period. By far, the most iconic romantic French singer is the legendary Edith Piaf, whose 1945 ballad, "La vie en rose," won a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998. She became famous as an entertainer in France even before the Second World War, however after the war her music began to spread internationally, in a similar way to Dame Vera Lynn in England. 

MABAL is music played through the school's tannoy system during break and lunch.  Chosen by Mr Taylor, Lead Teacher for Music, this is designed to offer exposure to the curriculum in different ways, and support pupils' appreciation of music.

The focus is on one theme each week across a genre, a country or from history.  The theme could also link to the season or an event in school, such as the production.  Any further suggestions are welcomed - pupils should see Mr Taylor or email a.taylor@priory.lancs.sch.uk 

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