France travel guide


France Travel Guide

France Music

French music is a mixture of a variety of music styles. It has, for example a bit of Latin America, Africa and Asian music, and is considered the centre of music in Europe. Corsica and mountainous Auvergne are two of the regions that preserve folk and traditional French music, which uses the piano accordion as its main instrument.

Auvergne, Limousin, Morvan, Nivernais, Bourbonnais and Berry all form the Central part of France, and is where the French bagpipe tradition and the hurdy gurdy are still alive. The bagpipes date from seventeenth century and has as representative musicians: Bernard Blanc, Frédéric Paris and Philippe Prieur.

The hurdy gurdy is a fusion between the piano accordion and violin, and the result is a magnificent melody. This musical style can also be found in Spain, Hungary and Russia. At the last times, many people are starting to learn piano and other instruments and music fans, love to travel to places where the music is a life style. The southern part of France also has its own music, which is called trobamuffin, which is Occitan raggamuffin, and is played by the Massilia Sound System, a well known reggae group.

French Opera is also well known. The first opera is thought to be "Akébar roi du Mogol", with Jean-Baptiste Lully as the best known composer of this style of music. Hector Berlioz was one of the greater and innovative composers of the nineteenth century. Himself and Georges Bizet, Jules Massenet, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy were the pioneers who revitalized French music.

Nowadays, the most important innovative kind of music developed in France is that called "spectral music", which is very popular in Europe and in the United States.

France Music
France Music

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