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The French melody is a musical form for sung voice and piano composed from a poetic text.

Born in the early nineteenth century, its name probably comes from the title of the work of the Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852): Irish Melodies, very popular among French romantics, especially Berlioz.

It differs from song and romance, whose strophic form does not vary according to the poetic text. On the contrary, the French melody endeavors to refine elocution and musical form, to "stick" as close as possible to the poem, in its form and content. The greatest French composers have produced French melodies until today.