Alexis Contant

Alexis Contant Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    12th October 1858
  • Died
    28th October 1918
  • Birthplace
    Montreal, Canada

Joseph Pierre Alexis Contant was a Canadian composer, organist, pianist, and music educator. The first notable Canadian composer to be entirely trained in his native country, he stated "I write not for glory but rather to satisfy an irresistible need." Although he had considerable training as a pianist, his knowledge of musical composition was largely self-taught, although not by choice as his life afforded him little opportunity to find suitable teachers. Much of his time was spent dedicated towards teaching, family, and work as a church organist, and his compositional output was minimal before 1900. As his children grew older, he was able to devote more time to composition and therefore his later life was his most productive. A stroke in 1914 virtually ended his activity as a composer.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
La Fête du Christ à Ville-Marie Cantata Voice(s) and Piano
La Lyre Enchantée, Op.2 Fantasy Piano
Les Alliés March Orchestra
Vive Laurier March Piano
Yvonne Piano piece Piano
Amour trompeur ! Romance Voice(s) and Piano
Nous Sommes Enfants de la France - Nouvel Hymne Canadien Français Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Piano
La Vierge à la crèche Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Ô Canada, Ma Patrie Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Griserie Printanière Waltz Voice(s) and Piano