Patrice Bernard was born in 1952, in Casablanca. He teaches at the Conservatoire à rayonnement regional in Paris. He composed many songs intended to be performed on stage, in a concert, on the radio and in movies. “De si jolies réclames” for mixed choir won a prize in Tours’ composition competition, in 1991. “La Muzaraigne” (CA 90) for mixed choirs was based on the text of “Contes drôlatique” by Honoré de Balzac. He set to music Andrée Chedid’s poem “Grammaire en fête” and he won the first prize in March 2003, in composition of unaccompanied composition for equal voices. He set to music Paul Éluard’s poem “Le château des pauvres” and Michelle Roustan’s poem “C’est si beau la terre.” He won the 2nd prize to the competition of instrumental accompaniment organized by À Coeur Joie and Éditions À Coeur Joie in partnership with the Ministry of Culture. The Éditions À Coeur Joie published other works by Patrice Bernard based on poems by Jacques Poitevin: a musical tale for the Epiphany entitled “La tunique de Raïcha” and 10 choral songs for equal voices.
This is a collection of 11 polyphonic songs composed by Jean Gauffriau for two and three equal voice choirs. Songs are based on beautiful poems from several eras.
Pierre-Gérard Verny arranged these 11 famous songs of jazz and traditional gospel. They are intended to be performed by the children’s choir Ça Déméjazz which was conducted by Fanja Rahajason from 1999 to 2002. This choir was made of children from 9 to 11 who did not have an audition to be part of it. That’s why those songs can be performed by every child. A CD including the vocal version and instrumental version of the work and finger syncing versions when there is no instrumentists.