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Festival Brassens + Brassens: "Do not spit into the well: fly - you can not catch!"

October 26 2006

From the stage, not only will feature works of Brassens, but the best songs Trenet, Aznavour, Piaf, Brel, Ginzburg, Montana and Fyugena. It is of interest to great artists who perform at these concerts: Galina Homchik, Victor Luferov, Alexander Shcherbina, Chorus them. G. Brassens, groups Rouge-Rouge Café, «Rare Bird», Nulle harmonie, duo Acou, singer and instrumentalist Uliana Angelevskaya Dmitri Kalinin (balalaika). As promised to the organizers, one of the concerts will speak Oleg Mityaev with his "Frenchwoman".

Particularly interesting is this event for lovers of art Brassens, who always wanted to know what, actually, he is singing. It said domestic writer M. Freidkin - Lyrics Brassens densely saturated with all kinds of (and often not censorship) parlance, idiom, idioms, and so forth. Translating idioms and sayings, and without that class is not too grateful. A Brassens, among other things, also likes to play with them constantly and they pereinachivaya perekraivaya, so what happens is something like our "do not spit into the well: fly - you can not catch" or "farther into the woods, the self comes to the body. "

Russian music lovers know the name of Georges Brassens, probably still not as good as, for example, Charles Aznavour. Meanwhile, Brassens called "the most scandalous and the most delicate French chanson. In 50 years of France booing the singer, but the story put things in their places, and now his name is borne by the French streets, boulevards and high schools.

Georges Brassens (1921-1981) was born in the port city of Sete on Oct. 22, 1921. In his parents' house is always the music, mainly thanks to his mother, who because of Neapolitan origin loved folk songs and melodies of his country, played on the mandolin. George began to learn to play the instrument, after which it was easy to switch to guitar.

It is very early poetry was carried away by his French teacher Alphonso Bonnafe, who in 1963 became the first biographer of the singer. Brassens, he began writing lyrics to songs he had a stylized folk. And during the city celebrations George plays the drums in the team he created "Jazz".

In 1940, Georges Brassens moved to Paris, where he lives with his aunt, earns working at Renault car factory, and in his spare time wrote poems and songs. In 1942 he managed to publish two collections of poetry.

In March 1943, Brassens was sent to forced labor in Germany, where he met with the same inmates Ontenyanta Pierre, who would become one of his best friends. According to people who knew him, the singer is very highly valued friendship and was a true friend. Someone once said that friendship with George lasted for "years and years, even a lifetime, while Brassens applies equally to all his friends, paying attention to everyone, regardless of whether it is a famous person or not.

Since the mid 40's and until 1966 he was living with his good friends - Jeanne and Marcel Planche. In their home, surrounded by adorable cats, Brassens write most of her repertoire. George refers to the type of writers who write the text first, and only then the music. His score does not everybody can understand - Brassens had no musical education and have disregarded the rules of musical notation.

In the mid 40's he wrote several articles for the magazine "anarchist". Inclined to anarchist ideas, Brassens always expressed in their songs protest against hypocrisy, ignorance and prejudice. He could have negative things about religion, but to sympathize with people, from whom, in his view, unfairly and unjustly turned its back society. One of his songs - "Le gorille"yla directed against mourning for the dead, because of what has long been banned on the radio.

In 1947 he released his first novel, "Moon listens at the door." Also at this time of Georges Brassens meets the woman of his life, Estonian Yohu Highman, about which he would later say: "It's not my wife, and the goddess.

Success came to the artist only in the 50's, when he met the singer and bass player Patashu Pierre Nicolas. Previously, George perceive themselves only as the writer and not thinking about how to be a soloist. However Patashu able to persuade George to begin to perform songs written by him, and from then on creative career Brassens abruptly goes uphill. In 1953 he was acting in Paris at the scene "Reels", after some time - in the famous Parisian music-hall "Olympia". Musical work, he successfully combined with the writing: in the mid 50's he released his novel "The Tower of miracles."

In March 1954, there was the second record. Singer rides to the concerts in Europe and North Africa. In April 1955 the third album comes out, and the singer decides to play the movie René Clair "Purple Gate. Meanwhile, his old buddy Peter Ontenyant becomes his secretary and starts to deal with material matters.

Since the end of the war Brassens degrade very painful bouts of colic due to kidney stones, making a tortured and was forced to be treated seriously. Nevertheless, the work he did not leave despite his illness. He has released album after album, and in 1972 released a compilation, which included his 11 albums and a book in which were gathered all his texts and poems.

In 1963, Alphonse Bonnafe writes book about his former pupil, that's a quote from him: "This is a wake up and lost the man who built his whole life work in spite of his despair. Sarcasm and bravado, mania razrushitelstva - these are just the flip side of his ardent desire love. Muza Brassens ridicules sneer, she bathes in an indecent and awkward, and does so with the elation that the constant presence in her inescapable sadness becomes only more violent. The irony Brassens - all the energy of his despair. " Later work on George writes his friend, writer Rene Fall. By the way, Bulat Okudzhava spoke about this artist is this: "Brassens - poet truly French, and therefore all mankind." And Gabriel Garcia Marquez called him the first poet of France last decades.

In 1967, Brassens receives prestigious award for poetry from the French Academy. In the late 60-ies Brassens met guitarist Joël Favreau, who joins George and Pierre, both born new trio. In 1972, Georges Brassens buys a house in Brittany, impress the stories of Jeanne Planche, who from childhood lived in these beautiful places. George was so fascinated with Brittany, that even began to teach Breton.

In 1973, touring Europe, he gave a concert in the UK, which recorded and released a year later under the title "Live in Great Britain" - so there is rare and very interesting live-action footage. In 1975 he received the Grand Prix of the city of Paris.

His latest original album, the singer recorded in 1976, but in 1979, at the request of his friend, musician, agrees to take part in recording unusual album. On this disc, Georges Brassens, along with American jazz performs his most famous songs in jazz.

Singers was Oct. 29, 1981. He had died in the small village of Saint-Gely-du-Feck, his friend and doctor, Maurice Bouquet. He was buried in Sete in the cemetery, called the "cemetery of the poor."

Ease of repertoire - an unusual and daring, but not provocative, as well as excellent knowledge of French did Georges Brassens one of the most beloved performers in France.His songs and poems are still enthusiastically translated into many languages. In memory of our friends and fans he will forever remain a man with a good heart and performer, having a rare talent.

Natalia Filippovich


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