The Ranums' Panat Times
Musings on Word-Music Relationships in French Baroque Music
I have put my coaching hand-outs on line in hopes they will be useful to singers and instrumentalists alike
Since the early 1980s I have been working on the fascinating puzzle of how words and musical notation are related in French baroque music. Working in close contact with William Christie, director of the Paris-based group, Les Arts Florissants, I have written two books on the subject, plus several articles (all cited in my vita).
One book is a little handbook on the French pronunciation of Latin: Méthode de la prononciation latine dite vulgaire ou à la française, petite méthode à l'usage des chanteurs et des récitants d'après le manuscrit de Dom Jacques Le Clerc (Arles: Actes Sud, 1991), with a preface by William Christie
The other book is my "anatomy" of French sung (and therefore of instrumental) rhetoric: The Harmonic Orator (Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2001).
Choose from among these Musings about word-music relations:
A Glossary of French "Terms of Movement"
A Musing on Lully:
Musings on rhetoric
Coaching handouts developed by Patricia when teaching rhetoric to singers
Pronunciation of French and Latin in the seventeenth century
Factlet on Mme de Montmartre and how this abbess pronounced "oi" in 1680: she pronounced it like the letters ai that is, "eh"