Monday, March 12, 2007

Notre Dame de Paris (musical)

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”~Santiz

Notre Dame de Paris (musical)

Notre Dame de Paris is a French-Canadian musical which debuted on 16 September 1998 in Paris. It is based upon the novel Notre Dame de Paris by the French novelist Victor Hugo. The music was composed by Richard Cocciante and the lyrics are by Luc Plamondon.

Since its debut, it has played in many towns and cities across France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. It has also been translated into Italian, Russian, Catalan and an amateur production in Belarusian.

“Notre Dame de Paris”, according to the Guinness Book of Records, had the most successful first year of any musical ever.

The musical takes from the book mainly the love and tragedy that befalls the intriguing Esmeralda and the repression that the guards impose on the "cour des miracles."

A scene from the musical
When Quasimodo is put to the wheel for attacking Esmeralda, Frollo joins in the general condemnation, but Esmeralda gives Quasimodo a drink of water when he begs for it, and he invites her to take refuge in the cathedral whenever she wants. Having her within reach drives Frollo wild with lust, and he follows Phœbus to his rendez-vous with Esmeralda, where he stabs Phoebus with Esmeralda's knife, leaving him for dead and her to be accused of the crime. Phœbus, meanwhile, has returned to his fiancée Fleur-de-Lys without a backward glance.

The entire musical is fabulous!
It was difficult to pick a favorite song from the musical to post.
I chose Belle.

The video is a song from the musical Notre-Dame de Paris
entitled Belle or “Beauty”.
Garou, Daniel Lavoie, and Patrick Fiori singing Belle in costume.
English words are posted on the video.


Pierre Garand, better known as Garou, is a Quebec singer born on June 26, 1972 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Discovered by Luc Plamondon singing American blues tunes in small Sherbrooke bars, he was drafted by Plamondon to play the role of Quasimodo in his musical Notre-Dame de Paris, making him a star. After the musical, he managed to launch a successful international pop music career in Quebec, France, and many other European countries. His looks and hoarse voice, as well as the virility that he combines with a boyish niceness, brought many to see him as a major modern day sex symbol.

Daniel Lavoie

Daniel Lavoie (born March 17, 1949) is a French-Canadian singer and songwriter.

Born in Dunrea, Manitoba, Canada, his mother was a musician and he learned to play piano at a young age. In 1967, Lavoie won a singer-songwriter competition for the Société Radio-Canada French language television program, Jeunesse oblige which gave him his first major publicity.

The young franco-manitoban played and sang in English and French with two different groups but his singing career began to blossom following a 1970 tour in the province of Quebec. Within a few years he was equally as popular in France as he was in Canada, headlining at Bobino and the Olympia in Paris. His album Nirvana bleu (recorded in 1979) was one of his bestsellers ever.

Daniel Lavoie starred in the highly successful musical play, Notre-Dame de Paris, in which he played the part of Frollo. He has written music for motion pictures including the Ludovic series of animated short films.

Patrick Fiori

Patrick Fiori (23 September 1969-) is a French singer.

Fiori was born to an Armenian father (Jacques Chouchayan) and a Corsican mother (Marie Antoinette Fiori) in Marseille, France. When he was only 12 years old, he was offered his first role in the musical La légende des santonniers. At the age of 16, he recorded his first single, entitled Stéphanie. In 1993, Patrick came fourth place in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Mama Corsica. The following year, his first album was released, entitled Puisque c'est l'heure. However, it wasn't until 1997 that Patrick's career really began to take off. His successful audition for the incredible musical Notre Dame de Paris enabled him to take on the role of the Captain, 'Phoebus'. The following year, Patrick signed a contract with Sony and recorded his 3rd album Prends Moi (Take me). Patrick finally decided to end his role in Notre Dame de Paris in the year 2000 in order to dedicate more time to his fourth album, Chrysalide. Two years after, his fifth album was released and most recently, the album Si on chantait plus fort in 2005.

Garou, Daniel Lavoie, and Patrick Fiori singing Belle live out of costume.

"Quasimodo (Garou)"

C'est un mot qu'on dirait inventé pour elle
Quand elle danse et qu'elle met son corps à jour, tel
Un oiseau qui étend ses ailes pour s'envoler
Alors je sens l'enfer s'ouvrir sous mes pieds

J'ai posé mes yeux sous sa robe de gitane
À quoi me sert encore de prier Notre-Dame
Est celui qui lui jettera la première pierre
Celui-là ne mérite pas d'être sur terre

Ô Lucifer !
Oh ! Laisse-moi rien qu'une fois
Glisser mes doigts dans les cheveux d'Esmeralda

"Frollo (Daniel Lavoie)"

Est-ce le diable qui s'est incarné en elle
Pour détourner mes yeux du Dieu éternel
Qui a mis dans mon être ce désir charnel
Pour m'empêcher de regarder vers le Ciel

Elle porte en elle le péché originel
La désirer fait-il de moi un criminel
Qu'on prenait pour une fille de joie une fille de rien
Semble soudain porter la croix du genre humain

Ô Notre-Dame!
Oh ! Laisse-moi rien qu'une fois
Pousser la porte du jardin d'Esmeralda

"Phoebus (Patrick Fiori)"

Malgré ses grands yeux noirs qui vous ensorcellent
La demoiselle serait-elle encore pucelle ?
Quand ses mouvements me font voir monts et merveilles
Sous son jupon aux couleurs de l'arc-en-ciel

Ma dulcinée laissez-moi vous êtes infidèle
Avant de vous avoir menée jusqu'à l'autel
Est l'homme qui détournerait son regard d'elle
Sous peine d'être changé en statue de sel

Ô Fleur-de-Lys,
Je ne suis pas homme de foi
J'irai cueillir la fleur d'amour d'Esmeralda

"Quasimodo, Frollo, Phoebus"

J'ai posé mes yeux sous sa robe de gitane
À quoi me sert encore de prier Notre-Dame
Est celui qui lui jettera la première pierre
Celui-là ne mérite pas d'être sur terre

Ô Lucifer !
Oh ! Laisse-moi rien qu'une fois
Glisser mes doigts dans les cheveux d'Esmeralda


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Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

This is a beautiful song and these three guys are terrific, to say the least....Boy Oh Boy! That first gentleman has so much charisma....And I love his kind of hoarse voice....Great looking, too! (lol) Thanks Raggedy...another lovely Monday of Music!

March 12, 2007 4:50 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

I'm impressed. I know nothing about the French language and just a wee bit of Spanish.

Of course, I consider math a foreign language and anyone who knows me KNOWS I suck at math. LOL.

March 12, 2007 10:20 AM  
Blogger Tamara said...

Grrreat post lil missy!
I can always count on you for a fantastic post....well....99.9% of the time.LOL

March 12, 2007 10:39 AM  
Blogger cube said...

Remerciement de porter ce musical à ma connaissance. Elle semble belle ;-)

Cube, le multilingue.

March 12, 2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger EV said...

"Musical Monday", what a great idea!

Vous êtes un ami musical. ;)

March 12, 2007 12:32 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I haven't seen this...only the Disney version, which I liked, so I am sure I would love the real thing.

March 12, 2007 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will get new service at home- so long to get your blogs- miss you- Mom

March 12, 2007 1:55 PM  
Blogger Joe Robinsmith said...

I just wanted you to know that your comment today was a blessing. I've had a bit of a rough day second guessing myself inside deep down and trying to mask that with my smiles. Thank you for that pat on the back. I really enjoyed your post today too. Great idea.
Hugs back.

March 12, 2007 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The musical sounds GREAT!

March 12, 2007 5:14 PM  
Blogger Tawnya Shields said...

I love all music. I'm a typical Libra I love all things artistic. I am fasciantated by the different world cultures and their styles of artistic interpretation.
Very impressive post. :o)

March 12, 2007 6:29 PM  
Blogger eyes_only4him said...

Love that...I love msicals, and I love the music from this one ..

March 12, 2007 9:33 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Raggedy ~~ What a lot of work and research you put into this post.
Thank you for your efforts. Glad you liked the last couple of posts. I am feeling much better this week so I
should not make any more mistakes.
Peter (my brother) won't be here in time to see his and my teams play in the Grand Final on Saturday. We have
e-mailed a few jibes at each other !!
Take care dear Raggedy, Love, Merle.

March 12, 2007 11:00 PM  
Blogger ~grey said...

Your music choices are always a pleasure!!!

I absolutely love hearing songs in French! I have heard of Garou! He is wonderful! Such a gorgeous and touching song! Loved both versions...

March 14, 2007 12:01 PM  

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