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The International Center for French Melody

For researchers in musicology, comparative history, the performing arts, as well as singers, pianists and concert organizers, whether from France or elsewhere, there was not until now documentation gathered in one place, concerning the French melody.

Up until today, their research is limited to the following obstacle course:

  • For music, you have to venture to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, where restricted headings do not make it easy.
  • For poetry, libraries must be run, including those of universities.
  • For works dealing with the subject of the French melody, although still few, most are exhausted, or difficult to find, and many are in a foreign language ...
  • For published scores, they are rare if we are talking about today's works, and almost always exhausted at the publishers, when we look for melodies leaving the beaten track: the melody is often considered as the poor relation & quot; by French music publishers.
  • As for records, the catalog of major brands is poor in melodies. Indeed, the commercial logic takes all other considerations ...

CIMF allows you to group all these documents: published or unpublished scores, unpublished or neglected manuscripts, edited or out-of-print books of poetry, reference works on study and interpretation specificities of the French melody, sound archives (records, CDs, etc.), iconography (posters, facsimiles, works of art), videography (concerts or events), films and filmography.

CIMF has established a " Resource Center " which includes:

  • A directory of partitions accessible on Internet, which lists in a regularly updated database, more than 25.000 melodies, romances and French songs.
  • The archives available on site in Tours ( 10 rue Léonard de Vinci - 37000 Tours ):
         - Edited and unpublished scores of vocal works, autographs, manuscripts.
          - Reference books and writings on composers, performers, interpretation, musicology, poets.
          - Sound recordings (on all supports) and visuals (videos, films, photographic documents).

It can accommodate any donation or bequest of people wishing to send their own archives or libraries about the French melody.

It is, therefore, truly the center of reference of the French melody, accessible to all, amateurs and professionals, in the service of the radiation of this little-known part of our culture.

Download the membership form for the association