Concerto pour une Voix

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"Concerto pour une Voix"
Song by Danielle Licari
from the album Concerto pour une Voix
Published 1969
Released 1969
Genre contemporary classical music
Length 4:00
Label Sony, Disc'AZ
Songwriter(s) Saint-Preux

Concerto pour une Voix (Concerto for one Voice) is a contemporary classical song written by the French composer Saint-Preux in 1969, combining elements from popular music and electronic music.[1][2] The piece was first sung by Danielle Licari.


Saint-Preux composed the Concerto, his biggest hit, in Poland, where he had been very well seen by the criticism after defending in August 1969, in the Sopot International Song Festival, La valse de l'enfance (The Waltz of Youth) with Saint-Preux conducting the symphony orchestra.[3]

When Saint-Preux returned to France, René Boyer, head of the music publishers Fantasia, arranged Concerto pour une Voix and recorded it. Danielle Licari sang it using a vocalise technique similar to scat singing in jazz. The song, released on the Disc'AZ label in 1969, made both her career and his.[4] In a few months it had sold over 3,000,000 copies in France alone,[5] and gained recognition outside France as well. In the week of August 22, 1970 it entered the charts in Mexico at #10 and Japan at #20,[6] He won Gold disc and a Japanese "Oscar" for the best original music.[7]

Since that time Concerto pour une voix has been recorded by many other musicians, including Maxim Saury, Caravelli, Aimable Pluchard, and Raymond Lefèvre.[5] An excerpt from the original Licari version appears in Wyclef Jean's 1997 album The Carnival,[8] and the song was also performed in André Rieu's 2007/2008 In Wonderland tour. In the Rieu show, Concerto pour une Voix was performed by Mirusia Louwerse dressed as an angel singing from high above the orchestra.[9]

In 2005, Saint-Preux adapted Concerto pour une Voix for two singers. This latter version, Concerto pour deux Voix (Concerto for Two Voices), was recorded in 2005 by the composer's daughter Clémence and Jean-Baptiste Maunier who starred in the film, Les Choristes.[10]


This songs has seen dozens of arrangements and recordings.[citation needed]

  • Sung by Raymond Lefèvre, 1977
  • Sung by Mirla Castellanos, 1974
  • Sung by Dalida, 1970
  • Sung by Meagan Duhamel, 2010
  • Sung by Mayra Flores, 2012


  1. ^ "Biography". Saint Preux. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Saint-Preux Concerto". Gramophone Magazine. May 1973. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sopot Festival 1969". Bart. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Magallanis, Sally. "Official biography of Danielle Licari". Danielle Licari. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b L'Express, Issues 991–1002. Presse-Union (1970) p. 43.
  6. ^ Billboard, "Hits of the World", August 22, 1970, p. 83.
  7. ^ "Saint-Preux award". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 83 (38). 18 September 1971. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  8. ^ Blain, François (18 December 2007). "Wyclef Jean: Créole Musical". Radio Canada. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Teply, Lee. "Rieu, Strauss orchestra open festival on magical note". Virginian-Pilot. April 19, 2007. Accessed via subscription 18 November 2010. The song also appears on the recording André Rieu in Wonderland (Denon Classics #17698).
  10. ^ Didier, Carine. "Jean-Baptiste Maunier: «Je n'ai plus envie de chanter»". Le Parisien. April 9, 2005. Accessed 18 November 2010.

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