Jean-Pierre Drouet & Sylvio Gualda – Pour La Danse

Pour La Danse LP front cover
Pour La Danse LP back cover
Pour La Danse LP side 1

Library LP by two French contemporary music percussionists, Jean-Pierre Drouet and Sylvio Gualda, who both premiered Stockhausen and Xenakis works for percussion in the 1970s. Pour La Danse is a series of miniatures for drums ala Semprun & Christodoulides using a vast collection of instruments from around the world. The album’s title implies these tracks are intended for dancers – and Unidisc published a lot of LPs for dance exercises during the 1970s-80s, generally with piano accompaniment – , but they largely eschew the obligatory square rhythms in favor of evocative atmospheres and textures, akin to painting with percussion, actually.

01 Safari (4:06)
02 Balladine (3:17)
03 Hokuzai (3:14)
04 Fourmillière (3:56)
05 James Band (3:00)
06 Robotic (3:13)
07 Oceanides (3:48)
08 Jardins d’Hafiz (3:07)
09 Gong Stell (4:08)
10 Dissuasion (3:31)

Total time 35:18
LP released by Unidisc, France, 1975


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11 Responses to “Jean-Pierre Drouet & Sylvio Gualda – Pour La Danse”

  1. 1 malatrova August 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

    hey ,,,you have teach so much of music,,,and now i want your help
    could you recomend me music from before de 50’s? please,any genre or performer,,i would be very very glad

  2. 2 continuo August 15, 2011 at 11:05 am

    A few suggestions:
    Henry Cowell – piano music of the 1910s
    Charles Koechlin – Les Heures Persanes, for piano (1919)
    Arseni Avraamov – Symphony of Sirens (1922)
    Ezra Pound – Le Testament, radio opera (1923)
    Edith Sitwell & William Walton – Façade (1923)
    Walter Ruttman – Weekend (1930)
    Kurt Schwitter – Ursonate (1932)
    Ivan Wyschnegradsky – Preludes op.21 & 22, for piano, (1934)
    Len Lye – A Colour Box (1935)
    Olivier Messiaen – Fête des Belles Eaux (1937)

    Maybe readers could add their own suggestions?
    You should also have a look at Acousmata blog.

  3. 3 malatrova August 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    thanks a lot , by the way , a couple of years ago when i found your blog the first very recording i get from you was ,a recopilation of music concreque by a lot of artist , but i cant remember , im so frustated , some of them got greek names i belive,,,i dont remember ,,,help me plase

  4. 4 continuo August 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I’m sorry. I have no idea what you’re looking for.
    Maybe this one?

  5. 5 Ken August 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Yay! Thanks very much! Love Unidisc and I’m also a fan of all the Semprun & Christodoulides work. I’ve wondered about this album for awhile now.

  6. 6 continuo August 20, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Hi, Ken. I tend to buy any Unidisc I may come upon, and some of them – but not all – are indeed real gems like this one. Thanks for your comment.

  7. 7 Ken August 26, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Yes, not all Unidisc releases are gems (for me anyway), but there was a period (’70s – early ’80s) when they seemed to be at their peak. Perhaps the ’60s period as well, but I’ve only heard 2 or 3. So far, I only have 3 albums on vinyl, and 8 as MP3s (thanks to sources like yourself), with about 6 or 7 more to go.

  8. 8 keymap September 26, 2011 at 3:37 am

    wow… really awesome, as good as or perhaps even better than i imagined it could be, thanks

  9. 9 continuo September 26, 2011 at 7:45 am

    While some percussionists’ discs can sound a little sterile, this one comes from real musicians. Thanks for dropping by.

  10. 10 geoff May 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

    could you pleeease re-up this? thanks!
    -sound voyeur (big fan)

  11. 11 continuo May 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Try and leave a comment on the 2012 Re-ups page and a reader might help you.

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