Pierre Brault

Pierre (Florent) Brault. Composer, arranger, record producer, b Montreal 3 Aug 1939. He was largely self-taught but did study harmony with Michel Perrault and fugue and counterpoint with Françoise Aubut. He began his career in 1961 as an accordionist in boîtes à chansons.

Brault, Pierre

Pierre (Florent) Brault. Composer, arranger, record producer, b Montreal 3 Aug 1939. He was largely self-taught but did study harmony with Michel Perrault and fugue and counterpoint with Françoise Aubut. He began his career in 1961 as an accordionist in boîtes à chansons. Attracted to composition, he wrote several scores for the theatrical group Les Apprentis Sorciers. While he was arranger 1964-7 (he resumed the function in 1978) for Clémence Desrochers, he composed the music for many of her songs and for her Le Vol rose du flamant (1964), considered to be Quebec's first musical comedy.

Brault produced his first film music for Claude Jutra's Roulis-roulant (1966). The following year The Animal Movie, an NFB cartoon for which he composed the score, won the Gold Plaque of the Festival of Motion Pictures for Children at Mar del Plata, in Argentina, and first prize in the Gottwaldov Children's Film Festival in Czechoslovakia. He visited Paris, Prague, and Zagreb to further his training in the theory and practice of sound-on-film. He taught these subjects, along with music history, 1971-6 at the National Theatre School in Montreal. By 1978 Brault had composed the music and produced sound tracks for more than 70 animated cartoons, shorts, and full-length feature films by Quebec producers. In 1972 his music for La Vraie Nature de Bernadette, a feature film by Gilles Carle, earned him the prize for best original music at the Canadian Film Festival.

Brault also has been music director and arranger for recordings by several chansonniers including Robert Charlebois, Clémence Desrochers, and Claude Gauthier. Brault became president of Productions Imagination in 1970, and of the recording studio Poly-Sons in 1973. In 1976 he began to devote his energies to record production. His arrangements of songs by Vigneault and songs of early Quebec have been performed and recorded by the Ensemble Claude-Gervaise. In 1980, he composed the music for the children's record-book Visitons les planètes avec Goldorak (Polypaf PS-8550). He also composed the songs on the LP Salut bonjour (SRC CH-006), performed by the children's animator Lise Marchand. See also Film scores.


Further Reading

  • Boucher, Denis. 'Pierre Brault: Notre pays est le meilleur endroit du monde pour la création,' Montreal Petit Journal, 17 Apr 1966