- About the book
DetailsAlthough the song is often the subject of monographs, one of its forms remains insufficiently researched: the vocalised song, communicated to the spectator through performance. The study of the song takes one back to the study of vocal practices, from aesthetic objects to forms and to plural styles. To conceive a song means approaching it in its different instances of creation as well as its linguistic diversity. Jean Nicolas De Surmont proposes ways of research and analysis useful to musicians, musicologists, and literary critics alike. In his book he takes up the issue of vocal poetry in addition to examining the theoretic aspects of song objects. Rather than offering an autonomous model of analysis, De Surmont extends the research fields and suggests responses to debates that have involved everyone interested in vocal poetic forms.
- The author
About the authorJean Nicolas De Surmont is a researcher in metalexicography and the author of many books on the French and Quebec song. Having graduated from Laval University (Québec) in literature and sociology, he completed his PhD at Paris-X Nanterre.
He speaks at numerous conferences and conventions around the world and has authored more than a hundred articles and critical reviews published in more than thirty countries. He often collaborates with specialized magazines in music and history.
Reviews"Towards a Theory of Song Objects can be a useful complement to reading more specialized works on vocal practices and has the advantage of asking relevant questions of method and of vocabulary.” —Cyril Vettorato, Revue de littérature comparée, 2013/1
"The main focus is on Frenchand specifically on Québécois songs. This aspect is stimulating as many references are quite unexpected for a reader who is not a French native speaker, and it gives the opportunity to understand the main motives of De Surmont’s commitment."—Gianpaolo Chiriacò, ATeM 5,1 (2020)
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