Les jours tranquilles (1993, piano) André Gagnon, with sheet music PDF)

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André Gagnon

André Gagnon (2 August 1936 – 3 December 2020) was a Canadian composer, conductor, arranger, and actor, known for his fusion of classical and pop styles, including compositions Neiges, Smash, Chevauchée, Surprise, Donna, and Mouvements in the disco and pop fields. Gagnon also composed for television, including La Souris Verte, Vivre en ce Pays, Format 60, Format 30,Techno-Flash, and Les Forges de Saint-Maurice as well as for theatre with such productions as La Poudre aux Yeux, Doña Rosita, Terre d’Aube, La Dame de Chez Maxim’s, and Wouf-Wouf. Some of his most notable songs are “Pour les Amants”, “Turluteries”, and “Mes Quatre Saisons”.

Gagnon was born in Saint-Pacôme-de-Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada. The youngest of nineteen children, Gagnon began composing at the age of six and, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia, “He took theory lessons with Léon Destroismaisons in Ste. Anne-de-la-Pocatière from 1952-53 and studied at the Conservatoire de musique à Montréal with Germaine Malépart (piano), Clermont Pépin (composition), and Gilberte Martin (solfège) from 1957 to 1961.”


According to Gagnon’s official website, “In 1974, André Gagnon released Saga, his first album, composed solely of original instrumental pieces” .

In 1975, the album Neiges stayed on the American Billboard’s Top 10 for twenty-four weeks and sold 700,000 copies worldwide. In May 1976, Gagnon did four concerts in Mexico and in September of the same year, Neiges was released in New York under the title Driven Snow. In 1977, Neiges won a Juno award for the most purchased album in Canada while Gagnon’s album Le Saint-Laurent rapidly reached 100,000 sold copies. In 1978, André Gagnon was made an officer of the Order of Canada.

In the fall of 1979, Gagnon received his first Félix, an award created by the Québécois music industry in the instrumental category for the album Le Saint-Laurent. He also began to add film scores to his repertoire, among them the soundtracks to Running (1979), the John Huston film Phobia (1980), and The Hot Touch (1981), directed by Roger Vadim. Gagnon went on world tour in 1981 to the United States, Venezuela, Mexico, Greece, and Romania. During this year, he also composed original music for the film Tell Me That You Love Me, a production of Astral Films. In October, he recorded Impressions in the famous Abbey Road studio.

In February 1990, the opera Nelligan was released, for which Gagnon wrote the music. The opera was presented first at the Grand Theatre of Quebec and then the Place of the Arts of Montreal and finally at the National Centre of the Arts of Ottawa. Following the opera’s Canadian release was the release of the studio-recorded double album, Nelligan.

In January 1992, Gagnon composed the music for the film The Pianist. In 1999, the album Juliette Pomerleau was released. In 2011, the album Les chemins ombragés was certified a gold album having sold 40,000 copies.

Gagnon also composed music for many artists, such as Diane Dufresne (Le 304), Renée Claude (Je suis une femme d’aujourd’hui, Ballade pour mes vieux jours) and Nicole Martin (Mannequin).

Awards and recognition

Juno awards

He has received Juno nominations in several other years.

Government honours

Gagnon was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1978 and an Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2018.



1964André Gagnon – Piano et orchestre
1966Une voix, deux pianos
1968Pour les amants
1969Notre amour
1969Mes quatre saisons
1971Let It Be Me
1972Les Turluteries
1973Projection / Les forges de St-Maurice
1973Les grands succes d’André Gagnon
1977Le Saint-Laurent
1981Left Turn
1982Les grands succès/Greatest Hits
1986Comme dans un film
1986Des dames de coeur
1990Nelligan (with Michel Tremblay)
1993Les jours tranquilles
1993Presque blue
1996Twilight Time
1996Musique (Coffret de collection)
1997André Gagnon au Centre Molson
1997La collection émergence
1999Juliette Pomerleau
2001Histoires rêvées
2003Piano solitude
2010Les chemins ombragés
2011Dans le silence de la nuit (Christmas album)
2016Les voix intérieures


1968“Pour les amants”
1969“Chanson pour Petula” b/w “La fête”
1975“Wow” b/w “Ta samba” (#4 CAN)
1976“Surprise” b/w “Douce image”
1977“Donna” b/w “Holiday Feeling”
1978“Smash” b/w “Rendez-vous”
1977“Weekend” (#16 CAN AC)
1980“A Ride to Ville Émard” b/w “Beautiful Days”
1981“Left Turn” b/w “Two Days in the Country”

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