years of music-making, the group
Cor'Alpes has disbanded and no longer performs.
remains as a reminder of the group's existence.
The group performed
weddings, wakes, workshops and concerts
fairs, lumberjack contests
retirement homes . . .
has participated in :
de la St Ours, Aoste, Italie
della Canzone Traditionale, Capriata d'Orba, Italie
de Villars sur Ollon, Suisse
Au Bonheur des Mômes, le Grand Bornand
de la St Vincent, Frangy
Folklorique International de Confolens
- Les Festins
- Nuit des
Musiques de la Montagne, Auditorium Ravel, Lyon
- Tour de
France 1999, le Grand Bornand
les Alpes chantées, Lyon
de vie, France 2 Television
- Tous égaux
France 3 Television
café, France 3 Rhône Alpes Auvergne TV
- Pays d'ici,
France 3 Rhône Alpes Auvergne TV
Musique National Radio
- Le Kiosque
à Musique, Radio Suisse Romande
- and in
many cities in France, Switzerland and Italy,
including Faverges, Groisy, Beaumont, St Jorioz, Manigod,
Bourgoin Jallieu, Moûtiers, Cluses, le Maillet de Montagne,
Menton, Villars, Aosta ...
in Concert in Beaumont; the trio accompanies the church organ
exhaustive foray into the classical alph-horn music repertoire
is composed of three musicians: Christian Abriel, Nicolas Perrillat
and Pascal Thormeyer. You can find out more about each of them
by clicking on the images below:
The Alp Horn is
composed of three parts: the mouthpiece, the horn, and the bell.
All together, they typically measure some twelve feet in length.
A horn may be tuned at the time of its manufacture to either F-Natural
or F-sharp, which is in large part dependent on its length. This
cannot be changed!
carved in a young red spruce chosen for its natural curve, the
bell of the horn is carved by hand. Numerous horn makers prefer
to work on a solid piece of wood. Hollowing out the entire horn
with a gouge takes over 50 hours of work, to which another 100
hours must be added for the shaping, tuning, and finishing of
the instrument. Its thickness, which varies in regular fashion
from 4 to 7 millimeters along the length of the horn, gives the
instrument a well-balanced tone. The two hollowed halves of the
tube ( the "horn" proper ) must be planed, sanded, polished,
and then joined. Additional tuning may be required. Horns are
traditionally circled with rings to give them additional strength
and durability. These rings may be made of wicker, wood, brass,
or even iron.
Used to call
the cattle home for the evening milking, the famed Ranz des Vaches has its origins in the distant past. The very word
ranz is celtic in origin and not found in the French language
outside of this specific title.
It is hard to find
an instrument more closely linked to the Alpine hinterland, though
it can now be found also in the Rocky Mountains of North America.
Its very limited melodic range, typical of valveless horns, requires
special compositions . . .
In the realm
of symphonic music, the Alp Horn is found for the first time in
Leopold Mozart's "Sinfonia Pastorella" (1755). References
to the famed ranz des vaches can be found in the symphonies
of Haydn, Beethoven, Berlioz and Brahms. The latter even composed,
in 1868, a melody for Alp Horn, and reused this very melody nine
years later in the triumphant horn solo of his First Symphony.
CD! Veillà d'hivé (A Winter's Eve)
d'hivé - Nicolas Perrillat
with Cor Alpes
Musiques Tracées de Savoie
C&C MTS 03 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the new
MP3 technology, we can offer you a few samples of La Kinkerne's
music. Click on the MP3 symbol to the right of the title in the
boxes below to download the music files. After you have downloaded
the files, you must rename them, changing the extension from zip to mp3.
You will also need an MP3 player, several of which are freeware
available on the net. You can download the most popular of these
players by clicking here on WinAmp .
3 files are excerpts from the CD
by Nicolas Perrillat, with Cor Alpes
à cor - (1,067K) - Alphorn
This is a 1 minute, 7 second excerpt of the melody.
des Alpages -
(795K) - sounds of cow bells and herders. This is
a 50-second excerpt of the track.
à Hirmentaz - (907KB) - Alphorn
trio, and ambient sounds of snowstorm; 57-second excerpt.
files have been posted
with the express permission of the artists.
in order to allow
you to learn about their music.
We encourage you to purchase their upcoming CD!
Rocky Mountain Alphorns
Swiss Academy of Alphorn Music
world's first Virtual Alpine Meadow!
a photo of Cor'Alpes
for inclusion in a concert poster
images © 1999, 2010 by
Robert F. Jeantet
à cor" by Nicolas Perrillat and Cor Alpes
of Cor Alpes page - last updated March 2010