From Vocal Poetry to Song

Towards a Theory of Song Objects

Jean Nicolas De Surmont. Foreword by Geoff Stahl. Translated by Anastasija Ropa

ibidem Press

From Vocal Poetry to Song

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Pub Date: January 2018

ISBN: 9783838210926

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From Vocal Poetry to Song

Towards a Theory of Song Objects

Jean Nicolas De Surmont. Foreword by Geoff Stahl. Translated by Anastasija Ropa

ibidem Press

Although the song is often the subject of monographs, one of its forms remains insufficiently researched: the vocalized 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. 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.
Anyone who is interested in drawing up a global typology of the song object will be applying the theoretical basis established by De Surmont. Etienne Galarneau, Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music
For anyone who aspires to become a specialist of the song, reading of the work of Jean Nicolas De Surmont will become necessary one day or another. Luc Bellemare, Anthropologie et sociétés
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

About the Author

Jean Nicolas De Surmont is a researcher in metalexicography and the author of many books on the French and Quebecois song. Having graduated from Laval University (Québec) in literature and sociology, he completed his PhD at Paris-X Nanterre. He has authored more than a hundred articles and critical reviews published in more than thirty countries.