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Jean Claude Petit

Memory of the french cinema

Jean-Claude Petit (born 14 November 1943) is a French composer and arranger, born in Vaires-sur-Marne. After accompanying jazzmen in his childhood, Petit went to the Conservatoire de Paris, where he studied harmony and counterpoint. He did the string arrangements for Mink DeVille's Le Chat Bleu album, as well as orchestrating the backing parts to some French pop singles in the mid-to-late 1960s, including those of Erick Saint-Laurent and yé-yé girls Christine Pilzer and Monique Thubert. In 1973 he composed La leçon de Michette, a delicious, short song: it was so famous in Italy, because it had been used for a soundtrack of a well-known Carosello (the Italian TV spot broadcast) from 1973 to 1976. 1979 saw his first major film soundtrack commission (Alexandro Jodorowsky's Tusk), but he had been releasing solo records at least a decade earlier, including at least four for the Chappell Music Library, as well as his album Chez Jean-Claude Petit, released in the early 1970s. In 1976 he collaborated with Pierre Delanoë, Toto Cutugno, Vito Pallavicini in a very popular and funky music for Mireille Mathieu called Ciao Bambino, Sorry. In addition, he was a frequent collaborator with French film music composer Jack Arel: the pair's most well-known production, "Psychedelic Portrait", was featured in an episode of the cult TV series The Prisoner. His highly acclaimed score for Cyrano de Bergerac remains perhaps his best known work internationally. In 1995 he was nominated for a Victoires de la Musique award in soundtrack of the year for L'Etudiante Etranger. Jean Claude conducted and arranged for American Orchestra leader Billy Vaughn in the 1970s: At least two of Billy's Paramount LPs "An Old Fashioned Love Song" PAS 6025 and "Greatest Country Hits" give Jean Claude credit as arranged/conductor. The 'Greatest Country Hits' Lp Paramount PAS 6044 also includes a Jean Claude original "Walk A Country Mile".

Album: "L'essentiel de Jean Claude Petit"

This great collection will allow you to listen to or r-listen to the most famous soundtracks of the french cinema, composed by one of the main french composers: Jean Claude Petit. It includes all famous hits such as : Jean de Florette, Cyrano de Bergerac, Le Hussard sur le Toit, Beaumarchais l’Insolent, Mayrig, Les Misérables, Le Zèbre, Le Retour des Mousquetaires, Le Château des Oliviers, Lumumba, Danse avec Lui, Le Passager de l’Été et Hotel Normandy etc... Absolutly essential !



2002: Lee Mason & his orchestra (Jazzmen)

1996: Beaumarchais l'insolent (Erato)

1995: Le hussard sur le toit (Auvidis)

1992: Le zèbre (Virgin france)

1990: Cyrano de bergerac (Colosseum)

1990: (Forlane)

1989: Le retour des mousquetaires (Milan)

1988: Deux (Milan)

1987: Jean de florette (Milan)

1987: Manon des sources (TVT records)

1987: Salopes vent de panique (Milan)

1982: Champs élysées (WEA)

1980: The Best Of All Possible Worlds (WEA puma)

1976: Black system (Charles Talar)

1973: Congo rhythm (Charles talar)

1971: + 35 (RCA)

1970: Le grand tournant (La compagnie)

0: Jean claude petit (Charles Talar)

0: Chez Jean claude petit (Charles Talar)

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