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Support for singing in French

Guides to the French language

The site offers support for those learning to sing in French, or keen to develop their skills.

  • In depth guides to French phonetics
  • Support for using and understanding the IPA
  • video guides
  • downloadable sheet music
  • downloadable accompaniments

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French song text translation library

The core of the Mélodie Treasury site is its French song text library, with sensitive translations into English of most of the important French song repertoire. These translations are literal rather than poetic - to make them most informative to students, performers and audiences in understanding the French texts.

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Publications and downloads

Singing in French anthologies

The Singing in French anthologies are beautifully presented scores, carefully integrated with phonetic transcriptions in IPA and accompanied by word for word and idiomatic translations. Each song has detailed notes on style and language use. There is also a published version of Ravel's Cinq melodies populaires grecques, with similar support materials available.

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All the songs from the Singing in French anthologies, and many more, are available as digital downloads - both as sheet music and digital accompaniments

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