Pierre Henry ‘Saint Exupéry’

Saint Exupéry front cover
Saint Exupéry back cover
Saint Exupéry side A

During his life, Pierre Henry composed many incidental music to literary texts, either on disc or on stage, from Jules Verne to Victor Hugo, from Lautréamont to Antonin Artaud. This rare 10-in LP from 1959 is a radio play about the life of French pilot and writer Antoine de Saint Exupéry, based on the 1956 book by Luc Estang on the subject. The interprets are a small theater troupe including French actor Paul Meurisse (1912-1979), famous for popular films and as a member of national theater company, La Comédie Française. Underlying key scenes, Pierre Henry’s contribution to the play consists of nice sound interjections of electronic and musique concrète sounds, adding a contemporary dimension to an otherwise unimaginative radio play.

PIERRE HENRY Saint Exupéry
01 Side A (17:00)
02 Side B (18:28)

Total time 35:28
10-in released by Unidisc, ref. 25103M, France, 1959


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5 Responses to “Pierre Henry ‘Saint Exupéry’”

  1. 1 rob May 24, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    ‘During his life, Pierre Henry composed many incidental music to literary texts…’

    you had me rushing to wikipedia to see if he’d died and i’d missed it!

  2. 2 continuo May 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Apologies for false alarm, Rob. It’s just that this record is 50 years old.

  3. 3 Bodhi Amol May 25, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I am glad to see this posting finally to materialize, because i was already informed of it by email last weekend ,but nothing could be found then.Did you withdraw the posting to overwork it for now?
    Best regards and looking forward to hear this rear piece by one of the most important composer of the 20th century!

  4. 4 continuo May 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Some minor technical mish-mash made the Pierre Henry appear before its time. Everything’s all right now and you can relax.

  5. 5 rob May 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    yeah – it’s easy to forget the vintage of some of this stuff.

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