#DidyouknowFW? La Goguette

La goguette was a very popular singing society in the 19th century.

In Paris, there were nearly five hundred in 1836 but you could find some in the most remote villages.

Members met in cafes, cellars, buildings courtyards or in neighborhood halls to drink, laugh and sing. They passed on songs and sometimes political ideas.Some of these goguettes thus became places of contestation of power under the Restoration or the Second Empire.

 The regime of Napoleon III precipitated their decline by banning these singing societies. Two famous French songs: “Frère Jacques” and “L’Internationale” were created by goguettiers. The first by Jean-Philippe Rameau, who was part of a famous happy and singing society: the Société du Caveau, the second by Eugène Pottier. The children’s round “Dansons la capucine” is the work of goguettier Jean-Baptiste Clément, also author of the song “Le Temps des cerises.”

In Paris in 1729, the poet Pierre Gallet, on the right, with the first guests of the Caveau, ancestor of all goguettes.