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Concert of French music

Canzona Women's Ensemble is planning a springtime concert of French music - everything from troubadour songs to cabaret - and need some ideas for lighter French repertoire - folk songs, cabaret, even musical theater - and we also have an accordion player to feature on the concert. We'll be mixing full choral arragements with solo, duet and small ensemble pieces. French Canadian repertoire could also be included. And we don't want to sing everything in French so some repertoire with good translations or simply a theme of Paris, etc. would be welcome.
Cricket Handler, Artistic Director
Canzona Women's Ensemble
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on November 13, 2013 10:46am
I really like Roulez jeunes gens roulez, arranged by Joseph A. Gregorio, published by Treble Clef:  TC-219
HARD, but fun.  About the "rolling of the sea".  Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.  
Jennie Tibben
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on November 13, 2013 11:07am
Thanks Jennifer - I'm looking at my copy of that right now!
on November 13, 2013 11:17am
For a small ensemble, Poulenc's "Petites voix" are lovely and fun--not easy, but worth it.
Debussy's "Salut Printemps" would be perfect, and it's not too challenging for the choir.
Finally, Alice Parker has a set of three Canadian folksongs that might work: "Women on the Plains". At least one ("Away, far down the river") is adapted from a French Canadian song.
Happy singing,
on November 13, 2013 11:49am
Thanks Caroline - we've done the Poulenc and the Debussy, but not the Parker piece. I do know part of that set, but will check out the one you suggest!
on November 13, 2013 3:04pm
Hi, Cricket --
For French Canadian, look at Donald Patriquin's settings of French Canadian folk songs for SSA.  The accompaniments are best suited for an accomplished pianist, but the vocals aren't terribly difficult, and they're tons of fun to sing.
"I Went to the Market" combines French and English; "Ah, si mon moine voulait danser" and "J'entends le moulin" are both in French.  If I had to choose only one, I'd go for "Ah, si mon moine voulait danser" -- high energy, super fun to sing.  But all of these are excellent.  They're published by earthsongs (, and there are sound snippets of each on the "detail" page for each piece.  You can also find some Youtube recordings of each of them.
Lana Mountford
Bellingham, WA
on November 13, 2013 9:53pm
Thanks Lana,
We are planning to do "Ah, si mon..." and I'm very familiar with the Patriquin settings - thanks for the suggestion!
on August 25, 2014 5:26am
With accordion:
Edith Piaf 'Sous le ciel de Paris', 'La Vie en Rose' (could be sung in English), Padam, Padam.  Those would probably be best as solos.
You might find arrangements of Louisiana folk songs, in French.  I would need to research the name of the arranger.
Poulenc 'Quatre chansons pour enfants' - solos, but quite funny!
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