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Denis Desbiens was born in June 1957 in Squatec, Quebec, Canada. He learned to play guitar at the age of 15. He studied guitar and lute at Montreal University and taught music at the elementary school level for four years. Since 1995, he has worked at a company that makes kitchen cabinets. He likes: books, flowers, taking walks in the forest, puttering, writing letters to friends, dreaming, and spirituality. He has been a reader of the Grail Message since 1981.

If you'd like to purchase a high quality CD of Denis' music, please or write to him for information at this address: Denis Desbiens, 330 de la Promenade - Apt 5., Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada J7G 1N3, but be sure to contact him before you send any checks. His CDs are great for easy listening.

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25th May 2002 - Compo 2 - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A classical waltz for guitar and flute. (11 k, 186 sec.)

28 May 2002 - Day of May (Jourhar) - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A guitar piece in the same mood as the Cavatine by Stanley Myers (5 k, 156 sec.)

1 June 2002 - Fairies' Dance (Ballet des lutins) - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A happy lute piece of Celtic inspiration. (6 k, 92 sec.)

3 June 2002 - New Celtic - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A waltz with a Celtic theme. Dedicated to a lady who encouraged me to compose. (20 k, 228 sec.)

17 August 2002 - Promenade Three - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A happy piece like when you take a walk and you are in a happy mood. I composed it in two days - it is like an improvisation. (18 k, 278 sec.)

12 September 2002 - To Remember - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A contemplative piece inspired by folk airs. Remember those who left. (13 k, 276 sec.)

24 September 2002 - Life - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A lute song on a poem of Amanda Forest. It could have been composed in 1590. I play lute. (12 k, 160 sec.)

25 September 2002 - Dead Paradise - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A pop song on a poem of Amanda Forest. The subject is the disillusion of a young woman. (10 k, 139 sec.)

18 October 2002 - A Flower - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A simple classical piece in the style of Haydn or Mozart. (5 k, 64 sec.)

19 October 2002 - Prelude to a Definition of Love - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A gentle piece. I woke up at 4 AM with this theme in my head. (9 k, 245 sec.)

20 October 2002 - Definition of Love - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A love song on a poem of Amanda Forest. Curiously, the melody of the Prelude fitted perfectly with this nice poem. It looks like an old musical comedy song. (11 k, 194 sec.)

16 January 2003 - Season's Greetings - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. It is never too late to send greetings to somebody. (9 k, 120 sec.)

17 January 2003 - Prelude to Amelia - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. Amelia is a song that I composed a few years ago. This piece was composed on a Saturday night and it looks like Amelia. (14 k, 275 sec.)

19 January 2003 - Buttonhole - copyright © 2002 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. (12 k, 187 sec.)

5 February 2003 - Sad Serenade - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A song on a text of Emile Nelligan, one of our best poets. His life was a drama. He wrote poems from the age of fifteen till the age of eighteen. After that he suffered from a neurosis for the rest of his life. André Gagnon, a great composer, wrote an opera concerning his life.

6 February 2003 - Happy Galliard - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A lute piece in the style of Terzi (Italy, 1550). It sounds quite well on the lute. (16 k, 193 sec.)

15 March 2003 - Fantaisie One - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. An improvisation on several themes like the Fantaisies written by the lutenists during the Renaissance. (6 k, 124 sec.)

16 March 2003 - Ode to Cassandra - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. The Rose in the divine Love - I will always keep your gift in my heart. (10 k, 309 sec.)

27 March 2003 - Gloire - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A spiritual song for choir, followed by a piano piece on the main theme. "From a look on the calm mountain, a woman contemplates the beauty of this place, the rose and its peace, the lily and the carnation balanced in silence, and the joy revives ..." (12 k, 233 sec.)

2 April 2003 - Coeur - copyright © 1996 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. (4 k, 144 sec.)

21 April 2003 - Canon des petits - copyright © 1996 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. You work with nature, which cares about you. So do I. This piece - a canon for three voices - is for you. It's spring, so let's add some tweety birds! (8 k, 149 sec.)

17 May 2003 - A New Day (Un nouveau jour) - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. I had the theme of this piece during the Saturday of Easter. I immediately wrote the first twelve notes on paper while my wife waited for me to go to the shopping centre. I was in the mood of the St Matthew Passion written by J.S. Bach. Something new and fresh is in the mood of Easter, isn't it? (16 k, 348 sec.)

5 July 2003 - Comfortable - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A pop song on a poem of Amanda Forest. The drum part is not the finest - I wrote it quite rapidly. I like soft drum parts. Those of Dan Rowe and James Taylor (and others ...) are really nice ... and the music also. A special thanks to my friend AmandaÊForest for her nice poetry. (24 k, 165 sec.)

6 July 2003 - Simple Song - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A very simple air. (8 k, 134 sec.)

30 September 2003 - Gaillarde messagère - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A lute piece. I copied some notes from My Lord Chamberlain's Gaillard (a couple measures) and some of his style also. The main ambience is a common renaissance style piece. (7 k, 140 sec.)

30 September 2003 - Peaceful Earth (Terre paisible) - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. I wanted to compose a very calm piece, something like the slow movement of the New World Symphony of Dvorak. The theme is similar. This version is arranged for guitar. I will do a more elaborate version in the future. (4 k, 211 sec.)

9 October 2003 - Song for Hébé (Chanson pour Hébé) - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. Daddy, please compose a song for me! While she was asking me this for the third time, this little music was playing in my head. So this piece is for you, dear daughter. (14 k, 254 sec.)

14 October 2003 - Song for Amanda - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A new-age style piece (instrumental) for my friend Amanda. I know, it seems like music by Enya, but I hope you will recognize my style. (12 k, 195 sec.)

17 November 2003 - Ballade pour Meredith - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A piece (instrumental) for my friend, Meredith. I was just improvising on my guitar, and the first two chords seemed interesting, so I continued to write this piece. It is a guitar piece, and I added the flute in the second part. (9 k, 316 sec.)

17 November 2003 - Ballade pour Meredith Variation - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A variation of Ballade pour Meredith. (6 k, 157 sec.)

24 November 2003 - Fairies' Dance (Ballet des lutins) Variation - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A happy lute piece of Celtic inspiration. (18 k, 137 sec.)

30 November 2003 - Bonjour - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. Here is a new piece. It is not perfect, but there is something in this music. It makes me think of a naive painting with children playing in the snow as I did with my son when we had the first snow here. (7 k, 157 sec.)

6 December 2003 - Hommage  Turlough O'Carolan - copyright © 2003 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. I wanted to compose a Christmas song, but this is just a gentle piece - a tribute to the very inventive Turlough O'Carolan (early 18th century). (6 k, 214 sec.)

5 January 2004 - Le Reel de Squatec - copyright © 2004 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. I wrote this reel just for fun. I like folk music. Fiddlers of Québec used to do a kind of tap dancing, accompanying themselves while they were playing. That makes me think of my deceased father. He sang or played harmonica while he was dancing on top of a barrel. Squatec is the village where I was born. (35 k, 137 sec.)

5 January 2004 - Premier Cygne (First Swan) - copyright © 2004 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. This is the first in a series of three pieces. I like its mood. I sometimes have no idea when I begin to compose. Here I thought about a long note and then the piece just came along. I could have named this piece "Winter Scene" or "Cloudy Day," also. It reminds you of a piece by Eric Satie, doesn't it? (11 k, 241 sec.)

24 January 2004 - Deuxiè¨me Cygne (Second Swan) - copyright © 2004 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. This is the second in a series of three pieces. It is a calm piece inspired by a gracious swan. I was visiting the museum of the Oratoire Saint-Joseph, which had 250 crè¨ches on display, when I got this theme in my head. I immediately wrote it down, and here is the piece. (10 k, 236 sec.)

15 February 2004 - Le Temps (Time) - copyright © 2004 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. I composed this piece in 2 hours. It is a study. I like to mix a light base line with a fugitive melody. It is not necessarily an easy listening piece. But as J.S.Bach said, it is the role of the musician to educate the ears of the public with more elaborate pieces. (4 k, 133 sec.)

20 February 2004 - Mon Petit Ange (My Little Angel) - copyright © 2004 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A song on a poem by Delphine Lae, my penpal in France. She wrote it for her unborn child. (4 k, 116 sec.)

8 March 2004 - Passion (Heart to Heart) - copyright © 2004 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. A song on a poem by Meredith Leonard. It is a love song. I tried to give it an ambiance reminiscent of songs from the years 1920 to 1940. I like the way the composers of those years used harmony and melody in a perfect mix. (10 k, 187 sec.)

8 March 2004 - Missing Child (Disparu) - copyright © 2004 Denis Desbiens, all rights reserved. Another song on a poem by Meredith Leonard. The ambiance is sad and maybe candid, also. Too many children lead lives of desperation today. That makes me think of the words to the song "When The Children Cry" by the group White Lion: "Just look at we have done. All that we destroyed, we must build again." (4 k, 130 sec.)

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