French music is very diverse and is dominated by elements with a long tradition. The modern tendency of French music, however, is considerably younger.
Traditional and Modern French Music
The high point of traditional French music was with the arrival of romantic composers. This included styles of music that are known respectively as the chanson and cabaret styles. These types of music relied on the harpsichord as one of its major instruments, and much of this music was played in small rooms filled with only a few exceptionally wealthy people. This was far different than the concert hall oriented music of other parts of Europe. Traditional French Music is well known for its focus on string instruments, and smaller kinds of horns. Traditional French music is exceptionally regional. There is the music of Corsica, The Basque Region, Western France, Brittany, and Normandy.
Modern French Music
The rise of modern French music began with a movement called Y�y�, which first appeared in the 1960�s. This kind of music was heavily based on American rock music, and also took a large amount of influence from �boy band� style groups that featured several prominent singers. This movement was focused on adulating the performer, and some of the most popular kinds of Y�y� artists include: Johnny Hallyday, Eddy Mitchell, Dick Rivers, and France Gall. Modern French music includes is still heavily focused on rock, and there is also a long tradition of Jazz music. Over the past two decades electronic, dance, techno, and hip hop has become exceptionally popular.
Listen to French Music Online
With the music player on hit-Tuner.net it is simply wonderful to listen to French music in high quality MP3. Many different French Internet radio stations can be received for free.