Even though I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I was raised as an Armenian first. This means several things to me, but when it comes to music specifically, it means my ears were constantly exposed to a very wide range of international music regularly including Armenian, Russian, French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian and Greek music.
Here is a French song I would like to introduce to you: La Bohéme by Charles Aznavour. In the video below, a very young Charles Aznavour is performing this song at the Olympia in Paris, France in 1968 with English captions.
History of La Bohéme
Piedmont is a large mountainous region in northwestern Italy where over 2 million people speak Piedmontese.
Interestingly, piedmontese is not a dialect of Italian, but an endangered Romance language, of which there are 31 in Italy alone.
Charles Aznavour and Jacques Plante took the music of “Porta Pila” and created their own French version. This is a classic of French chanson and Aznavour’s signature song. He later recorded Italian, Spanish, English and German versions as well.
If you liked the Aznavour version, you may also enjoy this French version sung by the beautiful Portuguese fado singer, Mafalda Arnauth:
Also check out “Sa Jeunesse” by Charles Aznavour below which roughly translates to “One’s Youth.”
That’s all folks!