I found this 45 rpm picture sleeve vinyl record at the small brocante held every Wednesday here in Vence at the Grand Jardin. It’s basically a small antique show with local dealers from around the area. Over the last few years I’ve found a variety of books and postcards there. Every once and awhile something really cool like this shows up. Most of the dealers know me and if they have something new related to Vence they let me know.
With the help of a couple of my friends I’ve managed to make a great digital recording of this record and am providing it here for you to listen to and even download should you wish to. You’ll find a small music player underneath the cover artwork and a link at the end of this post to download the files.
- 1. A Lauterbach La Chorale des Jeunes de Vence 2:28
- 2. La Chorale La Chorale des Jeunes de Vence 3:10
- 3. Entre Le Boeuf Et L'Ane Gris La Chorale des Jeunes de Vence 2:53
- 4. Aujourd'hui, Le Roi Des Cieux La Chorale des Jeunes de Vence 2:59
According to the small bit of information on the back of the record the four songs found here were recorded by the Chorale des Jeunes de Vence (Vence Youth Choir) under the direction of Mrs. J. Piselli, with the collaboration of the Sisters of Sainte-Bernadette and the encouragement of the Parish of Vence. Mrs. Piselli also composed one of the songs, “La Chorale.” Someone named Y. Fournet accompanies the choir on organ. It was recorded in the Vence Cathedral. There’s no date on it anywhere but I’ve been told by someone here in Vence that is from 1965 or 1966 which looks about right judging from the album artwork.
I’ve tried in vain to find more information about the recording, the Vence Youth Choir and/or Mrs. J. Piselli. I’m pretty sure the Sisters of Sainte-Bernadette are related to a small chapel here in Vence with the same name (formerly known as the Chapel of Saint-Jacques) dating from the 18th century. I’ve asked on a Facebook group dedicated to Vence history if anyone can give me some information about the record and gotten nowhere. Hopefully, one of these days I will run across someone who can provide some insight into it. Based on the research I have done I feel pretty confident there was never a follow-up to this record.
Information on the Back of the Record Cover
There are four songs to be found on the record, two on each side:
1. A Lauterbach (popular song)
2. La Chorale (J. Piselli)
3. Entre le Bœuf et l’Ane Gris
4. Aujourd’hui, le Roi des Cieux (arrangement by J. Piselli)
Here’s what is written on the back of the cover.
French: Il y a près d’un an et demi, des amis de la musique et de la jeunesse pensèrent qu’à Vence on pouvait marier les deux, c’est ainsi que se constitua “LA CHORALE DES JEUNES” de Vence sous l’impulsion dynamique de Madame J. Piselli et avec le concours des Sœurs de Sainte-Bernadette et l’encouragement de la Paroisse de Vence. Ce disque veut être le témoignage du résultat de tant d’efforts. Puisse-t-il vous apporter, avec la fraîcheur de voix enfantines un peu de joie et d’amitié.
English: Roughly a year and a half ago, friends of music and youth in Vence thought that they could unite the two, and thus “THE YOUTH CHOIR” of Vence was formed under the dynamic leadership of Mrs. J. Piselli, with the collaboration of the Sisters of Sainte-Bernadette and the encouragement of the Parish of Vence. This record aims to be a testament to the outcome of so much effort. May it bring you, with the freshness of children’s voices, a bit of joy and friendship.
Download the MP3 Files
You can download high quality MP3 files of these recordings. You’ll receive a .zip file and when it is unzipped you’ll have 4 MP3s.