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mélodies . songs

For more than 50 yearsLionel DAUNAIS had an undeniable influence on Québec’s lyric arts scene through his many activities as a singer, composer, lyricist, stage director, radio personality, and artistic director.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the passing of this Montréal composer, this new album is the only one where his lovely songs are performed by 5 excellent classical musicians from Canada and Switzerland:

Jacqueline WOODLEY   soprano
Annina HAUG   mezzo-soprano
Pierre RANCOURT   baritone
Michel BELLAVANCE   flute
Marc BOURDEAU   piano & arrangements

The programme is composed of 27 works â€“ sung in soloduo and trio â€“ that reflect the diversity of styles of Lionel DAUNAIS’ writing: French mélodies, pop tunes, humorous folk-inspired songs, and songs for the young.

The lyrics are by French and Québec poets, including Lionel DAUNAIS himself.

The album’s website includes biographies, programme notes, lyrics in French, as well as video and behind-the-scenes content:

You can listen to the full album, as well as the 3 singles released ahead of the album, by clicking on the button at the top and bottom of the page, and you will find below 1 example of each of the 4 musical styles.


Les perceurs de coffres-forts • pop tune

Pierre Rancourt & Marc Bourdeau

À quoi bon rêver • French mélodie (art song)

Jacqueline Woodley, Michel Bellavance & Marc Bourdeau

Le petit chien de laine • song for youth

Jacqueline Woodley, Pierre Rancourt & Marc Bourdeau

Le sacristain • humorous folk-inspired song

Jacqueline Woodley, Annina Haug, Pierre Rancourt & Marc Bourdeau


Behind the Scenes・Rehearsals and Recording Sessions
Recording in Montréal and Geneva・Editing・Mixing
Photos: Au Parc Belmont, 1953. Archives de la Ville de Montréal


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