Conrad Laforte

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Conrad Laforte (November 10, 1921 – September 4, 2008) was a Québécois ethnologist and librarian. He created the Catalogue de la Chanson Folklorique Francaise which contains 80,000 entries.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Laforte was born in Kénogami. He studied in Chicoutimi, the Université Laval, and finally the Université de Montréal.

Career[edit]

Laforte studied and wrote about the origins of traditional French and French Canadian music,[2][3][4] and worked with anthropologist Marius Barbeau to record many songs and stories that had been until then passed down orally in the culture.[5] Laforte's best-known work is the six volume Catalogue de la Chanson Folklorique Francaise.[6]

Laforte taught folklore at the University of Laval.[7][8] He also developed a set of criteria for classifying songs by genre.[9] In 1982 he was elected to membership in the Royal Society of Canada.[10] His honours include the Marius-Barbeau Medal and the Raymond-Casgrain Prize.

Works[edit]

  • La chanson folklorique et les écrivains du XIXe siècle en France et au Québec, 1973.
  • Le catalogue de la chanson folklorique francaise ; pref. de Luc Lacourciere Presses de l'Universite Laval, Quebec : 1977.
  • Menteries Droles iet Merveilleuses, 1978[7]
  • Survivances médiévales dans la chanson folklorique, 1981.
  • Chansons strophiques, 1981.
  • Chansons sur des timbres, 1983.
  • Chansons folkloriques à sujet religieux, 1988.
  • Poétiques de la chanson traditionnelle française, 1993.

^ Vision d'un Societé par les chansons de tradition orale à caractère épique et tragique, 1997 (with Monique Jutras)[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jean Claude Dupont; Jacques Mathieu (1981). Les Métiers du cuir. Presses Université Laval. p. 245. ISBN 978-2-7637-6936-3.
  2. ^ Royal Society of Canada (1984). Proceedings and transactions of the Royal Society of Canada: Déliberations et mémoires de la Société royale du Canada. Royal Society of Canada. p. 115.
  3. ^ Canadian Folklore. 19, Issue 2. Folklore Studies Association of Canada. 1997. p. 139.
  4. ^ James Frederick Mason; Hélène Josephine Harvitt (1980). The French Review. American Association of Teachers of French. p. 382.
  5. ^ Lynda Jessup; Andrew Nurse; Gordon Ernest Smith (2008). Around and about Marius Barbeau: Modelling Twentieth-century Culture. Canadian Museum of Civilization. pp. 207–208. ISBN 978-0-660-19775-3.
  6. ^ Canadian University Music Review. 3–4. Canadian University Music Society. 1982. p. 212.
  7. ^ a b Quarry. 27-28. Queen's University. 1978. p. 92.
  8. ^ Kenneth S. Goldstein (1978). Canadian Folklore Perspectives. Department of Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland. p. 24.
  9. ^ Acta Ethnographica. 31-32. Magyar Tudományos Akadémia. 1982. p. 281.
  10. ^ Gilles Potvin. "Laforte, Conrad". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  11. ^ Canadian Journal for Traditional Music. Canadian Society for Musical Traditions. 1999. p. 48.
  • Jean-Nicolas De Surmont (ed.), publiés avec la collaboration de Serge Gauthier, M'amie, faites moi un bouquet… », Mélanges posthumes autour de l'œuvre de Conrad Laforte, Québec, Presses de l'Université Laval, Editions Charlevoix, 2011