L’Obra del Cançoner Popular de Catalunya et la mission en Roussillon (été 1930)

Abstract : In a continuation of the great folklore collections carried out in the nineteenth century in both France and Catalonia, in 1930, the Obra del Cançoner Popular de Catalunya (Barcelona) contacted the famous linguist Pere Fouché to ask him to collect traditional Roussillon songs for their archive. The Obra, whose size still impresses today, was from its beginnings in 1922 a considerable enterprise that was organized from Barcelona and carried out in all the Catalan-speaking countries: Principality of Catalonia, the Valencian Country, the Balearic Islands, Andorra, the Val d’Aran and Roussillon. Assisted by his brother Marcel, a musicologist and a teacher like him, Pere Fouché collected from relatives in the Conflent area, of which they were both natives themselves, about 200 traditional songs transcribed with music and words in the vernacular language, of which only 73 were included in the Cançoner Popular de Catalunya. Although in context of the Cançoner as a whole, the contribution of the Fouché brothers was not particularly substantial compared with other missions in Catalonia, it has nevertheless kept alive songs that were still popular in the Conflent and Roussillon a century ago and has saved from oblivion this small part of North Catalonia’s traditional heritage.
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Martine Berthelot Puig-Moreno. L’Obra del Cançoner Popular de Catalunya et la mission en Roussillon (été 1930). Estudis de Literatura Oral Popular / Studies in Oral Folk Literature, Publicacions Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2018, pp.47-65. ⟨10.17345/elop201847-65⟩. ⟨hal-02419133⟩

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