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France Area Music

Posted by wedroy1923 , 02 April 2011 · 1,154 views

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World Showcase
France Exterior Area Music [1982 - Present]
heard in the Impressions de France Lobby and Exit Hallway
Working Playlist


01. Medley
- a. Frère Jacques
- b. Sur le Pont d'Avignon
02. Medley
- a. unknown
- b. unknown
03. Medley
- a. Voici L'Hiver Bientôt Passé
- b. unknown
04. Medley
- a. unknown
- b. Fais Do-Do
- c. Sur le Pont d'Avignon
05. Medley
- a. unknown
- b. C'est la Mère Michel
06. Sous le Ponts de Paris [?]
07. Alouette
08. Cancan
09. Medley
- a. Le Chevalier du Guet
- b. unknown
- c. unknown
10. Un Homme et Une Femme
11. Auprès de Ma Blonde
12. Medley
- a. Ainsi Font, Font, Font
- b. Nous n'Irons Plus au Bois
13. Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman
14. La Sauteuse
15. Medley
- a. Il Pleut Bergère
- b. Marie Trempe ton Pain
16. Sous le Ciel du Paris
17. Medley
- a. Ah! Si Mon Moine Voulait Danser
- b. unknown
18. Medley
- a. unknown
- b. Au Clair de la Lune
19. Un Homme et Une Femme

Duration: 47.25

Notes: Horizons recently confirmed that the France Exterior Area Music also plays in the Impressions de France Lobby and Exit Hallway. Thanks to Cedric for identifying "Marie Trempe ton Pain" and to eyore and needmagic for identifying "La Sauteuse."

World Showcase
France Interior Area Music [1982 - Present]
heard in the Impressions de France Theater and some shops
Working Playlist


01. La Vie en Rose
02. C'est Magnifique
03. Valentine

[...]

Duration: approx. 60.00

Notes: The France Interior Music plays in limited areas. The above short list is based on live recordings from inside the Impressions de France Theater between performances, i.e. load / unload, some from Dan Smith's recordings of the attraction. Typhoon Lagoon also provided a short live recording from inside the "Library Room" of [what shop?], which included "La Mer." I have also heard a version of "Cancan," different from what appears in the exterior area music.

The France Interior Music was, according to the Guest Services playlist, arranged by Bobby Hammick, a long time jazz musician and Disney composer. According to Disney historian Paul Anderson, Hammick also arranged the music for it's a small world for the New York World's Fair.

One of the first things I did when I started trying to sort out the World Showcase music was to begin listening to whatever versions I could find of the songs listed in the Guest Services playlists because I wanted to easily be able to identify tracks should recordings become available. The tunes associated with the France Interior Music are now easily some of my favorite songs, all from these phenomenal French artists, mostly from the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. One of the great things about this project, and collecting Disney music in general, has been the opportunity to be introduced to all kinds of music from around the world that I would otherwise perhaps never have encountered.

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Regarding the exterior loop, I remember 17b from the Nutcracker ballet, though I haven't been able to identify which part it is yet... Little help, I know! Also, tracks 1 and 11 through 15 are used in the Storybookland area loop of DLP...
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TofuForBrains
Apr 08 2011 10:12 PM
I know this is gonna sound like a crazy idea...but...what with all the Europeans around DLP, can't we ask an actual French person? :-)
I confess that I heard track 5 playing last time I was at Epcot and I almost dashed into the Kidcot stations to ask the college student on duty if she recognized the tune as a familiar French nursery rhyme. Alas, it was over by the time she wasn't surrounded by kids (figured it would've been rude to push them out of the way).

The other songs aren't particularly obscure, so I'm guessing many French folk would be familiar with them. But several hours of French kids' cartoons on youtube failed to enlighten poor lil' American me.
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