French specialists in choral singing!

Jacques BARBIER's literary crush

Jacques BARBIER's literary crush
LES PASSIONS DU CHŒUR by Bernadette Lespinard, Fayard, 2018


I hardly ever read such a book. A book with soinformation gathered about music. This is the result of an incredible eruditioncombined with a beautiful writing style for a very nice time spent reading.

This is a very unusual subject, because itdeals only with choral singing and unaccompanied choral singing. An incrediblenumber of composers, societies, choirs and male-voice choral societies came outbetween 1800 and 1950 and that put a spotlight on the buzzing musical activityin the mind of French people.

This book is totally fascinating, and I reallywant to thank Bernadette Lespinard for it.


Created On  17 May 2019 13:00  -  Permalink

Europe and copyright ...

Europe and copyright ...

The European directive for royalty was voted to the European Parliament on Tuesday. 658 elected representatives were present at the vote in Strasbourg. 348 representatives voted for the motion,274 voted against it and 36 abstained. The project is very complicated and demands that platforms like Google, Apple and Facebook filter content like press articles, movies or music, to insure a fairer payment for their creators.

This progress is huge for small businesses like us to exist against big companies like them. This is nothing more than democratic not to let the strongest lead.

It is now time for each member state to include this European directive into their national law. However, as national laws don’t always fit with this project, it will certainly lead to great debates of which we surely will give you some news.

We stand for creators’right to get the payment they deserve.

Created On  2 Apr 2019 14:35  -  Permalink

Maybe today, or maybe tomorrow, I don’t know…

Maybe today, or maybe tomorrow, I don’t know…
LE TANGO CORSE (Corsican tango)

We need to take some time. Wait, working? Ok,but slow down. How about resting or taking a nap, then playing some music? Yes,ok but turn it down. Shall we dance? Hell, yeah! But please, be careful to therhythm.

Anyway, this song is a representation ofthe Corsican way of life. It was made famous by Fernandel and Chanson PlusBifluorée. I know, it’s a little bit cliché, isn’t it?

Anyway, this arrangement reinforces thestereotype. Just a little bit. Basses echo their nearby desks’ notes and alsoperform their regular part. The main melody is equally split between the threeother voices.

Keep singing, but never get tired.

Created On  26 Mar 2019 13:10  -  Permalink

Manuel Coley arranged traditional songs ...

Manuel Coley arranged traditional songs ...

These seven traditional songs were arrangedby Manuel Coley and transformed into a three-part mixed version. He reallyrealized an incredible proofreading and modernization work for this musicalgenre. Not only had he harmonized, but he also added body percussion to voices.He also cleverly used the bourdons specific to his music, and he firmlysuggests a contemporary reading of these songs.

(They are also available for SATB ref.A121901087)

Created On  19 Mar 2019 13:10  -  Permalink

A Princess story ...

A Princess story  ...

This is a musical tale based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story.
The Prince would not like to marry anybody; he wants to marry a true princess. A young woman comes to the castle on a stormy evening; she’s covered in mud and soaked to the skin. As the Queen wants to know if she is a true princess, she sets a trick up which consists on hiding a pea under the bed of the Princess, because only a true princess is delicate enough to feel it!
This tale is intended for 4-to-8-year old children, as well as the other tales Nicole Berne set to music. The Princess and the Pea can be either performed in concert version, in theatrical version with children, or with puppets. Each song is preceded by a short instrumental introduction so the piano accompaniment can be performed both in live or being previously recorded.

The Princess and the Pea – CD

The additional CD is essential for Nicole Berne’s musical tale. It is performed by Éclats, Toulouse’s children choir conducted by François Terrieux.
The CD includes a complete performance, a melodic piano and instruments for a miming performance, and orchestra for a miming performance.

Created On  12 Mar 2019 13:10  -  Permalink

Feel the soft touch of the eternity, for just a moment…

Feel the soft touch of the eternity, for just a moment…

The Haïkus of Paul Claudel have been set to music by Anne Mantaux. They are a very gate open to experience the intense feeling of nature, world and human experience.
Time is loosing and both voices and words are echoing the indescribable.

Created On  5 Mar 2019 13:10  -  Permalink