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MUSIC FOR THEATER PLAYS

I am a member and co-founder of a French theater company, Les Arts Maniak (French) and I make the musics of our plays.

To make these musics, I mostly use virtual orchestra instruments, rather than my usual instruments.


Here are the plays for which I composed the score:

La cave (2016)
The odd adventure of Mrs Muir (2010)
Flagadelle & Pikaouette (2010)
Miss Doolittle (2008)
Harpagon's nightmare (2007)
And then there were none (2006)

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The cellar (2016)

The cellar

Music 1


Music 2


Music 3


This play will be first introduced in October 2016 by Les Arts Maniak (French). It's a free adaptation of the 1965 movie "The collector" from William Wyler. The musics presented above are a first glimpse of the original soundtrack that will be played during the show.

The music is somewhat gloomy on purpose, as it is a suspenseful play. Yet, I am trying to keep it melodic, rather than making it simply atmospheric.

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The odd adventure of Mrs Muir (2010)

Mrs Muir

The ghost


Lucy's moving in


Confrontation (western)


Writing a novel


Lucy goes out


Romance


The captain loses patience


Old Lucy theme


The death of Lucy


In 2010, Les Arts Maniak (French) played this piece based on the 1945 novel "The ghost and Mrs Muir" by R.A. Dick, aka Josephine Leslie, and on the 1947 film from Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
The story: one year after her husband prematurely died, a young widow, Lucy Muir, moves with her maidservant to a charming cottage by the sea. She finds out that the house is haunted by the ghost of its former owner, Captain Daniel Gregg. Unimpressed, the young lady starts an odd relationship with the ghost...

For this rather soulful play, full of humorous dialogues, I composed several themes that punctuate various key moments of the story. I had fun writing sad tunes (Lucy dies), melancholic, light-hearted or quirky tunes (like the western-like one). On top of the musics, I recorded several tracks for sound effects (typewriting machine, car, train, bell...) and voice-overs (dialogues or ghostly laughters).

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Flagadelle & Pikaouette (2010)

Flagadelle & Pikaouette

Brigitte the beast


The bird


The magic score


Song of the bad guy


Trumpet


Cuddly (short version)


Cuddly


Flagadelle & Pikaouette is a children's show written in 2010 by David Carruezco.

David asked me to write the musics for his show, from drafts of songs he had thought about. I kept his lyrics and wrote the musics, either with some inspiration from what he had done, or by starting from scratch. I even reused one of the musics I wrote for his show (the song "Vilinpabo") for my Rock Album "Next" (Renegades). Of course, I sing myself the versions presented here, but during the actual show, only the music is played and the actors sing live on stage.

I had the opportunity to see the show, and there were many children in the audience, paying close attention to the magical story of the play. A very nice tale, and I'm very proud to have been musically part of it.

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Miss Doolittle (2008)

Miss Doolittle

The marbles


Flower seller


Miss Eynsford-Hill


The alphabet


The song of Mrs Pearce and Colonel Pickering


The redingote dance


Sad seller


Higgins lost Liza


So kind of you, Madam


In june 2008, The company introduced its own version of Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. The company adapted the play by mixing dialogues from the film My Fair Lady by George Cukor and the original book by Shaw, which is not as funny as the motion picture. The play was pretty successful. Many people were baffled by the actors who played their characters with enthusiasm and talent, and were even compared to professionals, although they're merely amateurs, which is a very nice compliment indeed. More than 400 persons came to see the play, making this play their most successful to date!
For this play, I made several musics, including a few ones with lyrics (presented here in their instrumental version). I enjoyed myself a lot composing these tunes. I made all the musics and sound effects for the play.

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Harpagon's nightmare (2007)

Harpagon's nightmare

Beginning of the play


Harpagon gathers his servants


The police arrive


Tearful reunion


In May 2007, the company rehearsed an adaptation of the French 17th century play L'avare (The Miser) from Molière and entitled it Le cauchemar d'Harpagon (Harpagon's nightmare). The play was presented at an amateur festival near Paris, France, then was played again in October 2007 in front of students aged 11 to 15, and played once more at another theater amateur festival in a nearby town in November 2007.
The soundtrack included a few famous musics (like the Austin Powers theme for instance), but also these 4 short pieces of music I composed for the play.

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And then there were none (2006)

And then there were none

Final murder


The waltz


The theme song


Piano theme


Nightmare


Organ


Jazzy


Techno


Club


Tropical atmosphere


The first series of musics I composed for a play was for the adaptation of Agatha Christie's And then there were none by the company.
Somebody said it would be a good idea to have a simple tune, like a childish melody, that would play at various moments of the show. With this idea in mind, I have tried to write an easily rememberable melody, which I then declined in different versions to illustrate the action on stage.
This play has been presented six times at the Saint-Maur theater (in France, near Paris) in May 2006 during a theater amateur contest.

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dharma
06/05/2017, 08h46

Super site, merci beaucoup pour ce magnifique travail si utile.
Bravo !!!



Anonyme
05/09/2017, 19h17

J'aime bien le site mais je ne sais pas comment ça marche.

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Black Holiday
06/17/2016, 19h15

Bonjour,

Site remarquable tout comme le son !

Salutations musicales



aurel
03/31/2015, 22h57

Salut, je n'arrive pas à écouter tous tes morceaux d'albums/théâtre/amiga, donc trop dommage. Comment on fait ? Je ne vois aucun lien ni lecteur intégré... Et merci beaucoup pour tous tes dossiers sur la MAO en général, c'est super bien fait !! Excellente continuation Grebz !



Vimda
11/27/2013, 15h29

J'aime bien le "son" de Summer solstice !
L'effet de la voix dans l'intro ! Il faudra que tu me dises comment qu'c'est que t'as fait ça !!! :)
Beau travail !

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