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Music and genealogy: an interview on La Gazette des Ancêtres
Gallica / Genealogy / Other project

Music and genealogy: an interview on La Gazette des Ancêtres

I was invited by my fellow Gallicanaute Sophie Boudarel to answer some questions on her blog La Gazette des Ancêtres about the links between music and genealogy. How can genealogy tools be useful in a research on an artist, a label or record dealer? What does a records collection tell us about an ancestor? Read … Continue reading

A great cabrette solo from French Auvergne by Martin Cayla
Auvergne / France / Gallica

A great cabrette solo from French Auvergne by Martin Cayla

Today’s post features a great solo of cabrette, the Auvergne’s traditional bagpipe, by Martin Cayla. Starting the late 1920’s, Cayla recorded extensively on his own label “Le Soleil”, which first shop was located 26, rue des Taillandiers, in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, before moving to 33, rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement (the … Continue reading

Talking robots in a French short story from 1885
Gallica / random

Talking robots in a French short story from 1885

Here is a very short text by Coquelin cadet I found among the new documents published on the digital library Gallica today morning. It is signed under the pseudonym “Pirouette” and is taken from “Le Livre des convalescents” published in 1885. Coquelin writes about talking mannequins featuring a phonograph that could be placed inside the trains. … Continue reading

Sound heritage and Azeri folk music… A guest contribution in the French Huffington Post
Azerbaijan / Gallica

Sound heritage and Azeri folk music… A guest contribution in the French Huffington Post

As part of the 2015 European Heritage Days, the French Huffington Post invited the team of the BnF’s digital library Gallica to become a one-day community manager. For this occasion, several “Gallicanautes” (these intensive users of Gallica sharing their finds online) were invited to publish an article about a document of their choice. I chose to write … Continue reading