Petits chanteurs à la Croix de Bois

The Little Singers of Paris (French: Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois, literally "Little Singers of the Wooden Cross") is a boys' choir with its main location in Autun, France.

It has its origins in 1907 in Paris, moved to Lyon during the Second World War, but moved back to Paris. It has toured widely inside and outside France.

The aim of its founders was to form a choir that would travel from place to place and bring to the people the splendors of Gregorian chant and Palestrininian music. Since then, and over 17,000 concerts later, secular and traditional world music has been added to their repertoire.

Drawn from the less privileged, the boys join the choir school at 9 or 10 years of age and remain until their 15th birthday. The choirboys board during the week, and the musical and educational curriculum that they follow is adapted specifically for them. Each year they undertake approximately seven national tours of France and three international tours.

Darius Milhaud, who wrote the ‘Cantata of Peace’ for the Little Singers in 1937, called the school "a miracle of faith, tenacity, enthusiasm and talent".

The Little Singers head an international federation, the ‘Pueri Cantores’ numbering about 2,000 groups and including almost 80,000 singers throughout the world. On tour, the Little Singers number 60 to 70 voices led by Jean-Baptiste Pineault and Mr Thomas, the choirmasters.


Birth and Death Data: Born Founded 1907

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1948 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MBS-090590 10-in. before 1/30/1948 Ave María Petits chanteurs à la Croix de Bois Boys vocal chorus Vocal group  
Victor MBS-090597 10-in. before 1/23/1948 Madre en la puerta Petits chanteurs à la Croix de Bois Boys' vocal chorus Vocal group  
Victor MBS-090598 10-in. before 1/30/1948 Las posadas Petits chanteurs à la Croix de Bois Boys vocal chorus Vocal group  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9252 10-in. 9/21/1952 Mes jeunes annés Compagnons de la Chanson ; Fernand Marie Maillet ; Petits chanteurs à la Croix de Bois Vocal chorus Vocal group  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9253 10-in. 9/21/1952 Ne pleure pas Jeannette Compagnons de la Chanson ; Fernand Marie Maillet ; Petits chanteurs à la Croix de Bois Vocal chorus Vocal group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Petits chanteurs à la Croix de Bois," accessed February 27, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/362542.

Petits chanteurs à la Croix de Bois. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 27, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/362542.

"Petits chanteurs à la Croix de Bois." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 27 February 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/362542

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