Ambassador of the melody and the lied

Louis Puthod offers recitals appropriate for all audiences: The Melodists, Songs from Jacques Prévert and Joseph Kosma, Paris Merry-go-round, Ballads and Romances, and Lieder.

Melodies and lieder are inspired by popular songs from the Middle Ages until today. Schubert, Schumann, Brahms chose to put to music poems of Goethe, Heine and Schiller. French melody takes flight in the 19th century thanks to Berlioz, and Duparc, and flourishes in the 20th century with Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, and others.

The works of our greatest poets Baudelaire, Apollinaire, Eluard, thus know a rebirth, their poems set to music. Thanks to Prévert and Kosma and the artists who perform their work, Piaf, Montand, Gréco, French song reconnects with its popular roots and the singers-song-writers Ferré, Mouloudji, Brel, give it new life.


- The Melodists
- Songs from Prévert and Kosma

- Paris Merry-go-round
- Ballads and Romances
- Lieder



The Melodists

This recital helps the audience discover or re-discover the great trends in poetry as well as the resonance between poems and music: Romanticism with Invitation to the Voyage of Baudelaire and Duparc; Symbolism with The Caravan of Gautier and Chausson; Surrealism with Banalities of Apollinaire and Poulenc; and Naturalism with Natural Histories of Renard and Ravel.

Contemporaries such as Delannoy and Kosma are not forgotten in this panorama of melodists with The Wakeful State of Desnos and Paroles of Prévert.

These melodies are performed playing the various parts in Poulenc’s The Boys Who Go to the Fair, Ravel’s The Guinea-Hen or Kosma’s Page of Writing.

This recital which was presented at the France-Americas Circle in Paris and at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, can be adapted to suit various audiences.

Substitutions can be made to the original program, or the recital can be built around an entire cycle of songs such as L' Horizon chimérique of Fauré, The Poem of Love and the Sea of Chausson, the Serenade of Don Quixote to Dulcinea of Ravel, the Bestiary of Poulenc, and others.

Ravel et les mélodistes, Lyons-la-Forêt
Ménestrels et troubadours d’aujourd’hui, Abbaye de Talloires
French Melodies at Truman State University
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Program of French Melodies at Truman State University


Songs of Jacques Prévert and Joseph Kosma

Prévert is a word magician and Kosma a note magician. Their close collaboration gave birth to songs about solitude, ordinary people, war, love, children … The lover of images and words found in the composer Kosma the ideal partner for color and rhythm.

Acting is of great importance because of the changes in rhythm (
Dans ma maison-In my house), variation in tones (Compagnons des mauvais jours-Bad day friends), and the play of characters (La pêche à la baleine-Whale Fishing).

This program is articulated around Prévert favorite topics: the engaged witness (Le désespoir est assis sur un banc-Despair is sitting on a bench), the lover of life (Les enfants qui s’aiment-Children who love one another), the rebel (Le cancre-The dunce), the visitor to France’s capital (Paris at night).

Performed for the first time in 1998 at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, following the release of a CD, this Prévert-Kosma program has since been offered, in different formats, to enthusiastic audiences in France and abroad.

• Programme of “Prévert-Kosma” at Salle Pleyel
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Program of Prévert-Kosma at Salle Pleyel in 1998


Paris Manège – Paris Merry-go-Round

A concert following the rhythms of the Seine River… Paris, her squares and gardens, her gates and bridges, her children and her lovers, her fairs and her merry-go-rounds.

Poets and musicians of yesterday and of today have celebrated Paris: Le temps des cerises (The Time of Cherries) of Renard and Clément, La complainte de la butte (Ballad of Butte Montmartre) of Renoir and Van Parys, Moulin Rouge of Larue and Auric, Voyage à Paris (Journey to Paris), Hôtel of Apollinaire and Poulenc, Les Portes (The Gates), Le soleil de la rue de Bagnolet (The Sun of Bagnolet Street) of Desnos and Delannoy, Paris Canaille of Léo Ferré, Paris ma rose of Gougaud, Il n’y a plus d’après (There is no after) of Béart, Sous le ciel de Paris (Under the Sky of Paris) of Dréjac and Giraud, Le jardin (The Garden), Immense et rouge (Immense and Red), Le cauchemar du chauffeur de taxi (The Nightmare of the Taxi Driver), Fête foraine (Fair), of Prévert and Kosma, and others.


Ballads and Romances

An intimist, at time risqué concert full of nostalgia. The most beautiful romances and serenades mixed with ballads from Latin America.

The troubadours have sung love throughout this vast world, from Renaissance pavanes to contemporary musicals: L’Amour de moi – The Love of Myself (Anonymous), Belle qui tiens ma vie – Beauty who holds my Life by Arbeau, Plaisir d’Amour – Pleasure of Love of Martini, Ständchen by Schubert, Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
The sunny month of May of Schumann, Sérénade of Mozart, Soupir – Sigh by Duparc, Madrigal by Fauré, Mélodies populaires grecques – Greek Popular Melodies by Ravel, Chansons gaillardes – Off-color Songs by Poulenc, Ballades médiévales – Medieval Ballads from the movie Les Visiteurs Du Soir (The Devil's Envoys) by Thiret, Les oiseaux du souci ... by Kosma, Tonight by Bernstein, and others.

The balladiers of Uruguay and Argentina hum give full voice full voice to ballads composed to the rhythms of their countries: Lejos of Giucci, Cancion al arbol del olvido of Ginastera, Alfonsina y el mar of Ramirez, La rosa y el sauce of Guastavino, and others.

• Programme Ballades et romances, Hôtel National des Invalides


Lieder and Schubertiade

The lied, like the melody, comes from popular songs. Nostalgia, reverie, solitude, love, madness are the ingredients of these short dramas played in a few minutes on poems of Goethe, Schiller, Heine and many others. Schubert, Schumann, Brahms have written veritable treasures that delight all audiences.

Schubert’s 600 lieder made this musical genre flourish and made it eternally popular: Die Forelle – The Trout, Die Taubenpost – Pigeon messages, Erlkönig (Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind?) – The Elfking; and unforgettable cycles of songs: Die schöne Müllerin
The fair miller-maid, Winterreise – Winter Journey, Schwanengesang – Swansong. Schumann and Brahms composed many sentimental songs and ballads as well as very famous cycles such as Dichterliebe – The Loves of a Poet and Liebesgeschichte der schönen Magelone und des Grafen Peter von Provence The Fair Magelone.

Taking his inspiration from this impressive burst of music, Louis Puthod offers programs which briefly describe the content of the poems, offering a Schubert cycle or mixing lieder composers with French melodists, in a musical feast that Austrians call a “Schubertiade”.


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