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Compositions: Monique LeBlanc
(except traditional songs, Brel, Gauthier and Villa-Lobos)
All arrangements: Monique LeBlanc

Partons la mer est belle  (traditional)
A sweeping arrangement of a magnificent traditional song that evokes the life of a mariner, the passing down from father to son, and the tragedy of storms… Amis, partons sans bruit… [Friends, let us leave without a sound…]

Te souviens-tu?
Based on a musical interlude composed for Michel-Marc Bouchard’s comedy La Visite, this piece originally underscored a scene in which a couple tenderly reminisces about past episodes in their domestic life. Commissioned by Roberval’s Théâtre Mic Mac (1984).

La chanson du petit voilier (Gauthier)
A romantic arrangement of a popular song that, composed in 1958 by the clergyman Paul-Marcel Gauthier, has left its mark on many generations of Quebecers. A sailor in the twilight of his life, having sailed the seas aboard the biggest ships, recalls his journeys and reveals the emotion that his very first sailboat inspired in him in childhood.

Dormir avec lui
A ballad on the theme of magic, of tenderness and of time suddenly suspended…

C’était un dimanche de mai
…the birds were singing, the route was lovely. A Sunday that should have been carefree…

Au milieu de mes secrets
Confidentially, woefully, and with hope… “Deep inside my secrets, at the heart of a forbidden place, I let something in that I dare call a spirit in peril…

Un canadien errant (traditional)
A great classic of French Canadian folk that the piano takes on in a version both lyrical and mysterious. The well-known lyrics, on the theme of wandering and exile, were written by Antoine Gérin Lajoie (1824-82), inspired by the fate of some of the condemned in the Rebellion of 1837. One could add that in more recent times, it was the Greek singer Nana Mouskouri who contributed to making this mythical song known around the world.

Voir un ami pleurer (Brel)
A distilled version of Jacques Brel’s most touching song.

Père et fils
A ballad on the theme of reassurance and love that soothes and comforts.

Chanter pour l’amour
Commissioned by Roberval’s Théâtre Mic Mac (1985) for Michel-Marc Bouchard’s musical comedy Rock pour un faux bourdon. In the play, the piece is sung by an idealistic and hopeful character who, despite the cynicism all around her, continues to believe in, and sing about, love.

Mon bel amour (dérape et chavire)
With its jazz-tinged colours, a song for a lost love. Sometimes, the boat capsizes… and the passage of time mends nothing…

Mélodie sentimentale (Villa Lobos)
An aptly-named melody, an excerpt of Na Floresta by the great Brazilian Heitor Villa Lobos. Here it is for solo piano, arranged at the request of Myra Cree and Marie-Claude Senécal for the show L’embarquement on Radio-Canada’s Chaîne culturelle.

Voici venu le temps de dire adieu
From time to time, we must say goodbye, sometimes to those we love. With both a nostalgic glance at the past we are leaving behind and a confident look towards the life that is taking us forward…

Recorded at the Concert Hall of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal on June 2 and 3, 2014
Production and Artistic Direction: Monique LeBlanc
Technical Direction, Sound Recording, Mixing and Mastering: Pierre Léger – Production StorkClassics
Piano Tuner: Jean-Marc Beauchamp
Advisers: Jean-Pascal HamelinNicolas Dupuis, Gilles Dupuis, Carlos Jimenez
Photography: Pierre-Étienne Bergeron
Design: Benoît Deschamps