Un vrai coup de maître !
FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN
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Story Ana Gerhard Narration Benoît Brière Music I Musici de Montréal Illustrations Marie Lafrance
Travel through time following a charming little mouse called Minim who loves cheese and music. He has just spent an amazing summer in the country with his cousin Maxim. The meals have been fabulous, followed by delightful concerts with gifted musicians who are there to play for the prince and his guests. Autumn is now upon them and something has gone awry. The conductor has noticed that the members of the orchestra have grown tired and dearly miss their families. How shall he convey to the prince that the vacation has gone on for far too long? Only a brilliant composer like Joseph Haydn could come up with such a plan! Recordings of the narrated story and the performance of the composition “Adagio Finale” from the “Farewell” symphony included.
Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and is a renowned music educator. She is a four-time recipient of the Parents’ Choice Award for Little Creatures, Listen to the Birds, Simply Fantastic, and Amazing Water.
Founded in 1983, I Musici de Montréal is a chamber orchestra of 15 musicians that performs a vast repertoire extending from baroque to contemporary. The ensemble has released more than 40 recordings and presents a busy schedule of over 100 concerts per season throughout the world.
With his undeniable comic gifts, Benoît Brière quickly became a favourite with the general public in Québec for the many characters that he created in a long series of television commercials for Bell Canada (more than 140 over 14 years). At the same time, he has pursued a career in Québec theatre, films and television. His movie credits include Séraphin, un homme et son péché, Joyeux Calvaire and most notably La Grande Séduction.
Marie Lafrance studied graphic arts and etching, worked as a printmaker and has since illustrated many books for children. Her work has been nominated three times for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and she recently won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for A Hen for Izzy Pippik.