Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf, pseudonimo di Edith Giovanna Gassion, è stata una cantautrice francese tra le più famose e talentuose della musica. Nata a Parigi nel 1915, ci ha lasciato a nemmeno 48 anni.

Di umili origini, figlia di Louis Alphonse e Giovanna Maillard, si dice sia nata sugli scalini di casa al numero 72 di rue Belleville, grazie all’aiuto di un gendarme. A soli 8 anni inizia a girovagare insieme al padre, il quale si esibisce in numeri circensi, e inevitabilmente la piccola Edith comincia a fare sfoggio della propria arte vocale, che nel giro di alcuni anni la porta a divenire una delle più grandi voci della chanson. Piaf è in realtà un soprannome che in francese significa passerotto, a causa della sua corporatura minuta ed è stata ribattezzata “l’ugola insanguinata”, per via di alcune sfumature vocali portatrici sì di bella musica ma anche di tristezza. Ha lanciato artisti di notevole spessore, tra cui Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour e Gilbert Becaud e ha proposto brani memorabili tra cui La vie en rose, Hymne a l’amour, Sous le ciel de Paris e Non, je ne regrette rien.

Nel 2007 è stato realizzato il film biografico La vie en rose, che ha fruttato il premio Oscar alla protagonista Marion Cotillard nei panni di Edith. Una delle voci più originali e struggenti di sempre, Edith Piaf vive per sempre nel monte Olimpo musicale.

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