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"This CD project is an extension of the music produced
for the Mystic Women of the Middle Ages television series. This
explains its anachronisms: the harmony used here is often tonal
rather than modal and the orchestration is often far from that
of 800 years ago. A sound track usually allows a fair amount of
freedom and does not claim to present an authentic repertoire;
its only purpose is the best possible evocation of a place, a
period, a feeling or an atmosphere. I had to arrange and compose
some of the pieces in this collection; others borrowed from the
medieval repertoire, are presented in the simplest possible way,
since any modern arrangement would have detracted from their essential
truth and strength. This ancient religious music seems, at first
glance, to be very simple, but it gradually reveals its power
and complexity, in the way that a tree trunk sends forth intricate
branches. One of the challenges of this project was to bring to
life the amazing mysticism experienced at this time with such
strength and sincerity and with a fevor and an intensity that
we, as Cartesian rationalists, sometimes find difficult to understand.
The contributions of the other musicians have been invaluable,
especially Angèle Trudeau who helped with the le Trudeau
who helped with the selection of pieces as well as Cathie Hermann
who also worked on their Translation"
- Grégoire Jeay
Born in Bordeaux, France in 1962, Grégoire Jeay
came to Montreal in 1970 with his family. After having studied
with several flutist (François Codère, Gisèle
Millet, Liselyn Adams) he completed his Bachelor's degree at Université
de Montréal and advanced training at Concordia University.
Grégoire Jeay is principal flute at the Montreal Baroque
Orchestra (MBO). He has appeared in concert in Quebec, Ontario,
Manitoba, France, Belgium, Mexico, and Turkey.
His repertoire with the MBO comprises several concertos
by Vivaldi, C.P.E. Bach, Boccherini, Handel and J.S. Bach's Orchestral
Suite No. 2. A number of his concerts have been recorded on Radio-Canada
(CBC) and Belgian radio.
He participates also in a few CD recordings among others
with the Boréades Ensemble directed by Francis Colpron.
Recently, he recorded with the violinist Olivier Brault the 6
sonatas for flute and violin Opus 51 by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
on ATMA label. Apart from the MBO, he is a member of various ensembles:
La Compagnie Machaut; Ensemble Da Sonar, directed by Réjean
Poirier; and Les Malurons, a group devoted to the folk music of
New France and to Medieval dance.
On top of his activities as flutist, Grégoire
Jeay makes compositions, arrangemtns and computer recording and
programmation. He conceived several sound tracks for different
events: music for a painting show, advertising and also arrangements
and realisation for the CD of the singer Pier Noli. Futhermore,
he wrote a play for youth audiences (Le Visiteur (The Visitor),
for Youth and Music Canada) which aims at initiating them to Baroque
Gedeonis Area [used in Christine's Home Page, Life cycle]
Main title music [used in Nunnery Home Page]
Procurans Odium [used in World of Work]
Brio One Breere [used in Chapel]
Aurora Surgit (Female vocal Ensemble). Ergo sum resurrectio: Gregorian Chant for the Dead. Alessio Randon, Soloist and Director. 1995 HNH International Ltd. CD: Naxos 8.553192, February 23, 1996. "Ceremony entering the Enclave" Gregorian Chant for the Dead - Dies Irae
[used in The Anchorite, Widowhood/Death and The Wretched]
Selection used by permission of Naxos of Canada Ltd..
Benedictine Nuns of the Abbey of Regina Laudis. Women in Chant: Gregorian Chants for the Festal Celebrations of the Virgin Martyrs and Our Lady of Sorrows.
CD. Sounds True, 1996.
Bells of Jesu Fili Mariae [used in Day in the Life]
Regina Caeli [used in Day in the Life - Compline]
Saint Agnes: Ecce Quod Concupivi [used in Day in the Life - Matins]
Selections used by permission of Sounds True.
Bourgeault, Rev. Cynthia. CD: Singing the Psalms: How to Chant in the Christian Contemplative Tradition. Sounds True, 1997.
Psalm 100 and Incense Rite [Day in the Life - Lauds and Vespers]
El Cant de la Sibil-la. Alia Vox. Direction by Jordi Savall. CD: AV 9806, ABM 100, 1999.
Bells [used in Chapel - Choir]
Fanfare [The Court]
Interlude - organ [used in Court - Chapel]
Introduction - guitar [used in World of Learning] AliaVox.
Gregorian Chants Grand Prix du Disc
Trappist Monks' Choir of Cistercian Abbey (Side A) / Chants of Nuns at a Benedictine Monastery (Side B).
From Treasury of Gregorian Chants, Vol. II, SD No. BSCD 514.
Ceremony of Taking the Veil [used in The Chapter House]
Victimae Paschal! [used in The Chapel - Choir]
Lumen Hilare (Rite of blessing the light in the evening service) [used in The Chapel- Steps]
Vexilla Regis [used in The Chapel - Steps]
Ave Maris Stella [used in The Chapel - Steps]
Improperia [used in Chapel - Choir]
Reproduced by courtesy of Everest Records/Bescol, Ltd. P. O. Box 6999, Beverly Hills, California, 90212.
Music of the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance. McMaster University Collegium Musicum. Recorded by Mirador Productions, 1994.
O Ecclesia [used in Timeline - Hildegard de Bingen]
Messa de Nostre Dame - Kyrie [used by Timeline - Machaut]
Selections used by permission of Dr. Susan Fast, McMaster Collegium Musicum.