Chansons bretonnes sur imprimés populaires
Base de données de feuilles volantes

Welcome to the world of Breton songs diffused by means of popular printed matter (broadsheets, press cuttings, booklets, copies ...). It's more or less what is known in France as hawker literature, chapbook...

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Museum of Brittany - Rennes

Alongside the Breton repertoire of oral tradition and often in reciprocal interaction with it, a vast repertoire in Breton and French was composed and distributed, initially through inexpensive, sometimes even free, printedmatter. Composed for singing, thereby helping better memorisation, many of these pieces, in their turn, have entered the oral tradition.
This repertoire reflects a many-faceted image of society and its preoccupations. It gives voice to the illiterate as well as to educated people, to the underclass as well as to the elite. It's topics are abundant: from news in brief to great events, from praise to satire, from daily life to prognostications of all varieties ...

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The site in figures

Feuilles To create this site, file and analyse the broadsheets, 32000 scans were made in different libraries in Brittany.
This study has referenced 4671 broadsheets. Amongst these, 919 have been published many times leading to as many as 27 editions.
We recommend consulting the 2767 broadsheets online on PDF format.
These broadsheets include 6647 songs corresponding to 5616 different song-forms. The songs in French represent 14% of the whole. The abridged versions of 3420 songs are available. These songs were composed by 754 authors.
They are classified under 206 topics. 173 scores played by a synthesizer are listenable in MP3 format.
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