Welcome to my street corner,

Since the spring of 2007, I 've been playing flute on the street, in public places and in the subway of Montréal.

I've decided to share my music with all the people who don't visit Montréal.

Each piece features a music video with an auto-scrolling score of what I'm playing, along with nature scenes in the background.

Have a musical day,






Mixed Popular/Classical Edition

Popular-Classical Edition CD cover

Popular   Classical
1 Play: Beauty and the beast-Walt Disney
TITLE Beauty and the beast
COMPOSER Alan Menken
11 Play: Debussy - Arabesque
TITLE Arabesque
COMPOSER Claude Debussy


2 Play: Yesterday by The Beatles
TITLE Yesterday
COMPOSER Paul McCartney
12 Play: Tchaikovsky - June
The seasons, Op. 37a
COMPOSER Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky


3 Play: Belle from Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris
COMPOSER Riccardo Cocciante
13 Play: Bach Adagio
TITLE Adagio
Oboe Concerto in D minor, BWV 1059r
COMPOSER Johann Sebastian Bach


4 Play: Annie's song
TITLE Annie's song
COMPOSER John Denver
14 Play: Hijo de la luna
TITLE Hijo de la luna
COMPOSER Jose Maria Cano


5 Play: For all we know
TITLE For all we know
COMPOSER Fred Karlin
15 Play: Händel - La Lucrezia
TITLE La Lucrezia
HWV 145
COMPOSER Georg Friedrich Händel


6 Play: With you I'm born again
TITLE With you I'm born again
COMPOSER David Shire
16 Play: Puccini - O mio babbino caro
TITLE O mio babbino caro
from the opera "Gianni Schicchi"
COMPOSER Giacomo Puccini


7 Play: The rose
TITLE The rose
COMPOSER Amanda McBroom
17 Play: Fratello sole, Sorella luna
TITLE Fratello sole, Sorella luna
For Isabelle
COMPOSER Riziero Ortolani


8 Play: Le jardin composed by Kevin Kern
TITLE Le jardin
18 Play: Gluck - Che farò senza Euridice
TITLE Che farò senza Euridice
Orfeo ed Euridice
COMPOSER Christoph Willibald Gluck


9 Play: Luna composed by Romano Musumarra
COMPOSER Romano Musumarra
19 Play: Caccini - Ave Maria
TITLE Ave Maria
COMPOSER Giulio Caccini/Vladimir Vavilov


10 Play: You raise me up
TITLE You raise me up
COMPOSER Rolf Løvland
20 Play: Bach - Siciliano
TITLE Siciliano
Sonata in Eb, BWV 1031
COMPOSER Johann Sebastian Bach




Biography as a flutist



An early start

My parents both played flute and music was one of their favorite activities.
I started out on the clarinet and piano, but one day I tried my mother's flute and she never saw it back.
My father taught flute at the city's music school during the week-end and my mom would replace him at times. It made no sense to pay for a babysitter, so I would attend most of the lessons they gave. I started teaching flute and music theory in my early teens.


Playing on national television at twelve years old

Wilfrid Pelletier and Daniel Laberge

Daniel Laberge with Wilfrid Pelletier, Montréal's symphonic orchestra founder.
Picture taken in Radio-Canada's Montréal television studios prior to the recording of "Wilfrid Pelletier rencontre".
I played "Serenade" Op. 3 No. 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn in solo with a piano accompaniment.


When I was fourteen, I became a full time student at the music conservatory.
Each summer, I went to the Mount Orford musical camp where I would meet renowned musicians and professors.
I enjoyed playing flute, but I also liked the social contacts that came along.


Career choices

At seventeen, I was attracted by a career as a professional flutist.
Back then, there was only one way to do it; you had to play in a symphonic orchestra.
My problem was that I could not stand the conductor's authority over the musicians.
Having my boss, with a stick, grumbling in front of me at all times didn't fit my ideals of respect.
When I was eighteen, I switched from flute to conducting at the music conservatory.
One year later, I changed course again; this time I went for composition at the Université de Montréal.


Daniel Laberge at sixteen

Daniel Laberge at sixteen.


Pop, jazz and improvisation

Even though I was a full-time composition student, I still played flute a lot.
I found out that my music education had been very focused on reading and writing.
I had to catch up in several other aspects such as playing by ear and improvising.
I played in several jazz and pop ensembles, sometimes bringing in my own compositions or arrangements.
I have to admit that I've developed my abilities to play by ear and to improvise all by myself; by playing along recordings of my favorite pieces. No teacher has ever helped me.


The flute in the closet

I was now a professional composer with my own studio.
I preferred working with voice rather than flute.
I put together several bands, ensembles and duos by forming co-writing teams with singers.
I performed on stage as a keyboard player. I would occasionally play sax, but rarely flute.


Daniel Laberge playing with MollyBelle & Dax

Daniel Laberge playing with MollyBelle & Dax at the beginning of the 1990's.


Flute as an after-career

In 2002, I started taking long walks through the city.
I appreciated the street musicians for the ambiance and peace they brought to dull streets and subway corridors. I would encourage the ones I met.
Five years later, a mix of interest and necessity pushed me to take my flute out of the closet, where it had been for fifteen years, and to start practicing and planning a repertoire.


Still learning

I'm amazed that I'm still learning so much every year.
This doesn't come without some efforts; such as adding new pieces and styles.
Playing on the street can be physically demanding because you play for several hours in often hostile conditions.
I don't use any amplification for my flute, so I have to fill large spaces with sound using lung power only.
I move around while I play.
The listeners get very close to me and I appreciate this nearness.
In fact, this complicity and exchange is my main interest.




Classical Edition

Classical Edition CD cover



1 Arabesque    Video Claude Debussy
2 June    Video
The seasons, Op. 37a
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
2 Adagio    Video
Oboe Concerto in D minor, BWV 1059r
Johann Sebastian Bach
2 Hijo de la luna    Video Jose Maria Cano
2 La Lucrezia    Video
HWV 145
Georg Friedrich Händel
2 O mio babbino caro    Video
from the opera "Gianni Schicchi"
Giacomo Puccini
2 Fratello sole, Sorella luna    Video Riziero Ortolani
2 Che farò senza Euridice    Video
Orfeo ed Euridice
Christoph Willibald Gluck
2 Vocalise
Op. 34 no. 14
Sergei Rachmaninoff
2 Siciliano    Video
Sonata in Eb, BWV 1031
Johann Sebastian Bach
2 Casta diva
Vincenzo Bellini
2 Vedro con mio diletto
Il Giustino, RV 717
Antonio Vivaldi
2 Sheep may safely graze
BWV 208
Johann Sebastian Bach
2 Je crois entendre encore
Les pÍcheurs de perles
Georges Bizet
2 Panis Angelicus César Franck
2 Pavane
Op. 50
Gabriel Fauré
2 Erbarme dich
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Johann Sebastian Bach
2 Ave Maria    Video Giulio Caccini/Vladimir Vavilov
2 Ave Maria C. Gounod/J. S. Bach
2 Ave Maria Franz Schubert




Popular Edition

Popular Edition CD cover



1 With you I'm born again    Video David Shire
2 Beauty and the beast   Video Alan Menken - Walt Disney
2 Annie's song   Video John Denver
2 For all we know    Video Fred Karlin
2 Here, there and everywhere Paul McCartney, John Lennon - The Beatles
2 Until    Video Sting
2 Le jardin    Video Kevin Kern
2 Luna    Video Romano Musumarra
2 Photo jaunie    Video André Gagnon
2 All the rain Michael Masser/Peabo Bryson
2 Tempo di Angoscia Ennio Morricone
2 Kärleksvals    Video Ulrik Neumann
2 Memory Andrew Lloyd Webber
2 Hero Mariah Carey/Walter Afanasieff
2 The rose  Video Amanda McBroom
2 Yesterday    Video Paul McCartney - The Beatles
2 My heart will go on Titanic theme - James Horner
2 Con te partirò Francesco Sartori
2 Quando vedrete il mio caro amore   Video Ennio Morricone
2 Song from Moulin Rouge   Video Georges Auric
21 Anonimo Veneziano Stelvio Cipriani
22 Belle   Video
Notre Dame de Paris
Riccardo Cocciante
23 Nothing like you've ever known    Video Andrew Lloyd Webber
24 Chi Mai    Video
Ennio Morricone
25 L'attente   Video André Gagnon
26 Song from a Secret garden   Video Secret garden
27 Cavatina   Video Stanley Myers
28 Toccata Gaston Rolland
29 I will always love you The Bodyguard - Dolly Parton
30 You raise me up   Video Rolf Løvland









Daniel Laberge
C.P. Léo Pariseau, #35714
Montréal, Q.C.
H2X 0A4


Daniel Laberge website


© Daniel Laberge 2012

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