Gwerz: Soul of Brittany
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Gwerz: Soul of Brittany
Quote:Gwerz ((Breton), plural gwerzioù, "ballad", "lament") is a type of folk song of Brittany, a Celtic region in France nation incorporated in the French Republic.

In Breton music, the gwerz tells a story which can be epic, historical, or mythological. The stories are usually of a tragic nature. The gwerz is characterised by an often monotonous melody and many couplets, all in the Breton language. Though historically sung unaccompanied, some modern musicians use limited instrumentation with the gwerz.

Some of the most famous performers in current gwerzioù are Erik Marchand, Yann-Fañch Kemener, and Denez Prigent.

Two versions of Gwerz ar Vezhinerien = "the Ballad of the Seaweed Harvesters"









Gwerz marz Pontkalleg = "Ballad of the Death of Pontkalleg"





Other ballads with some modern arrangements:









(beware of some too modernistic approaches that adulterate the original chants beyond recognition with pseudo-celtic undertones, sometimes it will be difficult to filter content among so much commercial stuff).

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RE: Gwerz: Soul of Brittany
(2013 Mar 29 20:23)Zephyr Wrote:  some too modernistic approaches

Some experimental stuff can be surprisingly good, however...




Great ambient sound.

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RE: Gwerz: Soul of Brittany
This Gwerz about Kiev famine is beautiful :


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RE: Gwerz: Soul of Brittany
A question: Is Breton related to German at all? I only ask this because it (stylisticly resembles German) and it looks and sounds quite different than the other Celtic languages. Is it just coincidental? The things that mostly make me wonder are the extensive use of 'z's in it, that no other Celtic language uses as well as a few other things.
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(2013 Apr 02 12:44)Bjornling Wrote:  A question: Is Breton related to German at all? I only ask this because it (stylisticly resembles German) and it looks and sounds quite different than the other Celtic languages. Is it just coincidental? The things that mostly make me wonder are the extensive use of 'z's in it, that no other Celtic language uses as well as a few other things.

It doesn't look quite different from Cornish, I know some people who understand it and it shares lot of common features with Welsh. But Gaelic languages are different. About German, it's coincidental, most of time people see similiarity with the "c'h".
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RE: Gwerz: Soul of Brittany
(2013 Apr 02 12:44)Bjornling Wrote:  A question: Is Breton related to German at all? I only ask this because it (stylisticly resembles German) and it looks and sounds quite different than the other Celtic languages. Is it just coincidental? The things that mostly make me wonder are the extensive use of 'z's in it, that no other Celtic language uses as well as a few other things.

To me, Breton sounds like Welsh spoken/sung in a French accent and I have real difficulty picking out words. Before hearing spoken Welsh, many people think it's a dialect of German, mainly due to the fact that it's also very gutteral.
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Brythonic languages look similar in the written form, it's noticeable when you see Breton and Welsh texts. Spoken, or at least sung, it's hard for the untrained hear to find similarities, I presume it's because of the French accent in Breton.

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RE: Gwerz: Soul of Brittany
First time I hear Breton, I think. It sounds exotic, yet strangely familiar at the same time to my ear.

We must dissent.

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(2013 Apr 07 13:12)Zephyr Wrote:  Brythonic languages look similar in the written form, it's noticeable when you see Breton and Welsh texts. Spoken, or at least sung, it's hard for the untrained hear to find similarities, I presume it's because of the French accent in Breton.

The paradox is that the old generation speaks Breton without French influence in pronunciation but has French words for modern things. That's the contrary for the new generation.
I found a little study who explains this :
http://www.sociolinguistica.uvigo.es/des...asp?id=169

An exemple of old Breton :


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RE: Gwerz: Soul of Brittany
Nice audio document!

Still has some (modern*) French sounding already, namely the guttural RR and nasal vowels aplenty thumbs up

*modern as in the last 300 years.

Anyway, it's natural that French is an influence in the Breton language, has Brittany had to coexist with the French culture since long ago.

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