Chansonnette

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Chansonnette

 

(Russian, shansonetka), a short song of a playful, even frivolous, nature. The chansonnette is performed with a variety of expressive gestures, and occasionally the vocalist dances as well as sings. In Russian the term shansonetka also refers to a female singer who performs chansonnettes, as in the French cabarets or the cafés chantants of prerevolutionary Russia.