Over 500 people in Toulouse for the launching

Over 500 people at the official launching of CD Saint-Exupéry in Toulouse

On November 14th 2015, I had the priviledge to do the official launching of my CD Saint-Exupéry: de cœur, de sable et d’étoiles at gala of the 6th Edition of the Festival des étoiles et des ailes  which was held at the Cité de l’espace in Toulouse.

This short video shows an excerpt of the launching. Festival competition books and films Awards were presented at the gala. Over 500 people attended the gala.

The ceremony was held in the wake of the attacks in Paris. At the opening of the event, the audience took a minute of silence to pay their tribute to the victims. The city of Toulouse is particularly touched as they also have been in such a critical situation in March 2012. This was quite moving.

I wish 2016 will show solidarity between people as humanity needs it so much. As Saint-Exupéry wrote :

“Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.”

Louis Babin wishes to thank the following organisms : the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for it financial support in order to get to Toulouse; the Festival des étoiles et des ailes for the presentation at the gala and the hospitality;  the Foundation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry pour la jeunesse for it participation to the album project.



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L’extase and the images of Frédéric Metthé

My friend Frédéric Metthé got the touching idea of putting beautiful moving cloud’s images on L’extase, a mouvement taken from my Suite du promeneur, for strings.

I love to look at the sky quite often and I observe with always renewed amazement the breathtaking views of the clouds everyday.

I invite you to take two minutes to view the video. Immerse yourself into the beauty of the clouds pictured at different times of the day with my musique to support it.

To know more about Frédéric Metthé, an artist and a friend with colourful works.

To listen to other preview of  La Suite du promeneur.

Saint-Exupéry : de cœur… Reviews


Some reviews for the CD
Saint-Exupéry : de cœur, de sable et d’étoiles

These articles are reproduced in the order as they came to my knowledge. I added the links so you can read them in their original setting. As these pages might dissapear from their sites, I reproduces them here in their integrity.





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Éric Champagne, La Scena Musicale, Canada (in French)

Richard Haskell, the WholeNote, Canada

Raul da Gamma, JazzdaGamma, Canada

Marçal Borotau, Sonograma Magazine, Spain (in Spanish)

Christophe Rodriguez, Journal de Montréal, Canada (in French)

Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, USA

New Classics, UK, USA



Scena musicale

Éric Champagne, La Scena Musicale, septembre 2015 Vol. 21-1, Canada

« Jolie découverte que ce poème symphonique de Louis Babin inspiré par la vie et l’œuvre de Saint- Exupéry. À l’esthétique fortement ancrée dans la musique de film orchestrale contemporaine, la partition de Babin regorge d’inventivité et de couleurs qui charment dès la première écoute. Il est impératif de consulter les documents en ligne (lien inscrit dans la pochette) pour explorer à fond cette partition à l’imaginaire tendre et humain et en découvrir le processus créateur sous-jacent. De plus, ce projet est jumelé à une bonne cause puisque pour chaque disque vendu, un montant sera versé à la Fondation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry pour l’éducation des jeunes en difficulté. En complément de ce triptyque symphonique, le disque propose deux autres œuvres: une courte pièce intitulée Couleurs qui démontre l’écriture adroite du compositeur et la Suite du promeneur, peut-être son œuvre la plus jouée en concert, qui reflète avec philosophie la vision du monde de son auteur. Une belle carte de visite que ce disque au sujet duquel nous n’avons qu’un seul regret: il est trop court! »





Richard Haskell, the WholeNote, September 1st 2015, Canada

“Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is perhaps best remembered today as the creator of the famous children’s book Le Petit Prince. Yet he was not only an acclaimed French author of several important works and laureate of high French literary awards, but also a French Air Force pilot who lost his life during a reconnaissance mission in 1944. What a noble character to honour in music, and that’s exactly what Québec-born composer Louis Babin has undertaken here. The CD opens with Saint Exupéry: de coeur, de sable et d’étoiles, a three-movement work named for Saint Exupéry’s novel from 1939. The music pays homage not only to the author but to his whole life. Vol de vie, the first movement, is suitably bold and heroic, featuring an appealing array of tonal colours treated by the Moravian Philharmonic with great panache. The second movement, Les adieux au Petit Prince is moody and mysterious, making effective use of percussion, while La marche des Hommes with its stirring brass sections, is pure cinematography.

Couleurs for string orchestra is a poignant reflection on the trials of adolescence while the Suite du promeneur is a musical depiction of life’s passage on earth. Also scored for strings, the suite comprises four miniature movements, each a study in contrasts, from the wistfulness of Le Curieux to the steadfast defiance of La morale de cette. Despite its French roots, this music seems to have a Scandinavian feel to it, the sprightly rhythms and angular lines akin to those of Dag Wirén or Carl Nielsen. The warm and resonant sound from the Moravian strings further enhances a solid performance.

“The premise behind this CD is an intriguing one and it’s resulted in some fine music by a composer we should be hearing more from – bravo to Babin and the musicians from Moravia.”




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Raul da Gamma, JazzdaGamma, August 13th 2015, Canada

“The grand manner is implicit in Petr Vronský’s opening of Saint-Exupéry. Cellos and basses are deep yet pianissimo, as specified; yet the first tutti reveals a large orchestra, powerful but dense in texture. Wind instruments tend to blend in and the horns, also important partners of the piano trio, shine equally in this capacity as they do in other modern orchestra performances. True, Babin may have marked down their dynamics, but Petr Vronský doesn’t always factor that in.

“The ‘briefly played soli’ by soloists, if you can call them that, a more closely placed and dramatically so, in the first movement as well as in the other two (in “Saint-Exupéry: De Cœur, De Sable et D’Étoiles”, that is), are individually and collectively very good. While none are credited here, it is clear that strings and brass are key and their unobtrusive virtuosity pays dividends especially in the vaunted traceries of the slow movements. “Les Adieux de Petit Prince” is profoundly beautiful and the final movement “La marche des hommes” is swift and peremptory but this is nevertheless an accomplished performance.

“So is that of “Couleurs” and “La Suite du promeneur”, recorded in a drier acoustic. Orchestral lines register more clearly and as in the case of the latter, especially, none of the strings are forward of the ensemble. Tastefully and artistically these are blended in as contrasting colours in a canvas often are in both pieces. The instrumentalists’ technique is unassailable and they are inside the heart of two emotionally knotty works.

“Flanking a brooding “Coleurs” (oboes and clarinets sumptuously laid out) are the Saint- Exupéry suite and “La Suite du promeneur”. It pays to reiterate that these are works of sombre potency, and all require an inhibited interpretative commitment that the instrumentalists – to a man and woman – are able and willing to give. They all stand forward, giving the music the full weight of insight – which Petr Vronský appears to endorse.

“These are richly adorned works by a startlingly original composer – Louis Babin. Their performances together with the recorded quality of the programme – the finest you can imagine – make a compelling case for this disc.”





Marçal Borotau, Sonograma Magazine, July 29 2015, Spain

«Amb la col·laboració de la Fondation Antoine de Saint Exupéry, el segell americà Parma Recordings acaba de presentar una obra del compositor Louis Babin dedicada a l’escriptor francès Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
I abans de comentar l’obra musical, us volem anunciar que amb la compra d’aquest disc contribuïm a facilitar les activitats de la Fondation Antoine de Saint Exupéry pour la Jeunesse, que treballa per l’educació dels joves amb dificultats a França i al món, per evitar l’exclusió i la marginació dels més febles. Un projecte, doncs, notori que impulsa els valors artístics i solidaris a l’entorn de la figura de l’escriptor francès.
Louis Babin, violista, trompetista i compositor canadenc, treballa la composició des d’un punt de vista eclèctic – en estil de jazz, clàssic o contemporani- la qual cosa li ha facilitat entrar en el món del cinema i del teatre. La seva activitat es desenvolupa al continent americà i europeu; ha estat guardonat amb el World Music Competition IBLA Grand Prize, 2010 i va quedar finalista al concurs de composició del Centre de musique canadienne – Québecor, 2013.
I ara, Babin uneix el seu nom a un escriptor, poeta i aviador francès que va conquerir el cor de moltes persones amb la seva obra “El petit príncep”.
Amb un inici espectacular en la veu d’una melancòlica trompeta, comença el primer moviment, Vol de vie. En el segon moviment, Les adieux au Petit Prince, el compositor dóna presència a uns sons sorprenents per recrear aquest imaginatiu vol en una exposició orquestral plena, amb corda, vent i percussió. Cal destacar els tocs de triangle que infonen delicadesa a la narració. En el tercer i últim moviment, La marche des Hommes, l’autor ens contagia el seu entusiasme amb un ritme repetitiu, una escala descendent, que contrapunteja, de nou, amb la trompeta, per acabar amb un missatge majestàtic de plenitud expressat amb brillantor per l’eficient Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, sota la direcció d’un eloqüent Petr Vronkjý.
L’àlbum també inclou dues obres més de Louis Babin. Couleurs amb una orquestració molt atractiva -una obra dedicada a l’adolescència- i La Suite du promeneur on l’autor, optimista, expressa la seva certesa sobre els amplis camins que ha obert la humanitat.
Un disc especialment elegant i ple de tendresa.»





Christophe Rodriguez, Journal de Montréal, July 27 2015, Canada (in French)

En voyage avec Saint-Exupéry

«Tout récemment, le politicologue, professeur et blogueur au Journal de Montréal Mathieu Bock-Côté  faisait un appel à tous, soit les lectures qui ont marqué notre vie. Ayant toujours aimé l’aviation (un rêve de petit garçon), il y a l’incontournable Vol de nuit, et bien entendu, Le Petit Prince. Ce qui était un conte philosophique pour enfants (le mouton, la rose et le renard) est devenu au fil des décennies, un livre de chevet pour je ne combien d’adultes.

«Comme nous sommes en période estivale, pourquoi ne pas glisser ce précieux volume sous l’oreiller de votre marmaille, avec en plus, la musique du montréalais Louis Babin: Saint- Exupéry: De coeur, de sable et d’étoiles. Peu connu du grand public, celui qui fut altiste, trompettiste pendant fort longtemps est un compositeur  très prisé de plusieurs formations montréalaises.

«En collaboration avec la fondation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry et le projet d’autofinancement Kickstarter, nous pouvons affirmer que Louis Babin  a réussi son pari, aussi énorme soit-il. Étalée sur une période quatre ans, avec le Moravian Philarmomic Orchestra sous la direction de Petr Vronsky, l’âme de Saint-Exupéry se déploie au fil des  neuf plages. Pour peu que vous soyez familier avec son œuvre littéraire, tout un  chacun reconnaitra: Vol de Vie (ou de nuit), Les adieux du Petit Prince, la marche des hommes : un hommage certain au grand aviateur Henri Guillaumet dans la cordillère des Andes et ceux de l’aéropostale.

«Dans cet ensemble très cinématographique, les cuivres font sentir leur présence par de très beaux traits d’orchestres, tout comme la masse des cordes, vibrante et captive. Plus nous avançons dans l’écoute et plus, le sentiment de magie se propage. Dans La suite du promeneur, le « curieux », plage 5 passera de l’extase, plage 6  à la tentation, plage 7.

«Louis Babin connait son métier , ainsi que ceux  ceux qui ont donné aux trames musicales du 7e art, leurs lettres de noblesse. Parfois, il « convoque » Korngold, Ennio Morricone et l’un des complices du trompettiste Miles Davis : Gil Evans. Saluons ce travail de longue haleine que vous pourrez entendre, mercredi 30 septembre 2015 avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Laval.»





Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, July 21 2015, U.S.A.

“Saint-Exupery was a French writer, poet and pioneering aviator. His novel masterpiece The Little Prince appeared in 1943 at the same time as he was serving as a pilot in the French Air Squadron in North Africa. He flew on a mission over Occupied France and never returned, presumed dead.

Saint-Exupery: De Coeur, De Sable et D’Etoiles and Other Works (Les Productions Louis Babin ODL-LB-002) is Canadian composer Louis Babin’s tribute to the life and work of Saint-Exupery. It features the centerpiece “Saint-Exupery: de coeuer, de sable et d’etoiles” along with “Couleurs” and “Le Suite du promeneur,” all orchestral works performed quite respectably by the Moravian Philharmonic under Petr Vronsky.

These are descriptively modern tonal pieces that cover some considerable terrain with a post-romantic sensibility and a varied palette of orchestral colors. There is much to appreciate, vivid music from a Canadian composer who is perhaps not as well known outside his home country as he deserves. Saint-Exupery gives us three exemplary works that serve as a good introduction to Louis Babin. Listen and enjoy.”





New Classics, July 2015, United Kingdom

“French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in 1900. He flew for the first time at the age of twelve, at the Ambérieu airfield and became determined to be a pilot. Later, after failing the entrance exams for the French naval academy, he enrolled at the prestigious art school l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris before serving in the military, where he learned to be a pilot. After leaving the service, he worked as a profession pilot and became a hugely successful novelist. His classic, The Little Prince, appeared in 1943, when Saint-Exupéry was serving with his French air squadron in northern Africa. Despite being forbidden to fly (he was still suffering physically from his earlier plane crashes), he insisted on being given a mission. On July 31, 1944, he set out from Borgo, Corsica, to overfly occupied France, and never returned. Canadian composer and former violist Louis Babin created his ambitious piece for symphony orchestra – Saint-Exupéry : de cœur, de sable et d’étoiles – as a moving homage to a literary icon who is commemorated in the Panthéon in Paris, France’s repository of historical greats, even tthough his body was never identified. The music is an exploration not just of the novel but of the author’s entire life, representing both the clarity of Saint-Exupery’s thinking and the tumultuous events he faced. Peter Vronsky conducts the excellent Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as this heartfelt tribute, the album also includes two more works by Louis Babin. Couleurs poignantly depicts the longing of adolescence, and La Suite du promeneur shares a philosophic vision of mankind’s passage here on earth. Highly recommended.”




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“We haven’t heard many independently-released classical albums. Saint-Exupery: De Coeur, de Sable et d’Etoiles is an adventurous undertaking to say the least. On the lead composition Canadian composer Louis Babin presents music that “is an exploration not just of the novel but of the author’s entire life, representing both the clarity of Saint-Exupery’s thinking and the tumultuous events he faced.” For those who are not familiar with the man, Saint-Exupery was a French national hero and as well as the author of the children’s novel The Little Prince. Under conductor Peter Vronsky, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra masterfully presents three moving sections that will undoubtedly please discerning music fans. Beautiful stuff that sounds very much like the soundtrack to a truly moving art film. In addition to the title track, the album also contains the intensely emotional “Couleurs” and “La Suite du Promeneur,” which is presented in five short sections. Louis Babin certainly is a composer to be reckoned with now and in the years ahead. Amazing material that is riveting, pure, and completely beautiful. Recommended. Top pick.”


Saint-Exupéry The Album

Here is a full description of the album :

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Tracks (audio previews)
Abstract and Technical Informations
More Pages to Consult
Downloadble Documents



Tracks (previews)

Saint-Exupéry : de cœur, de sable et d’étoiles

  1. Vol de vie
  2. Les adieux au Petit Prince
  3. La marche des Hommes

Vol de vie

Les adieux au Petit Prince

La marche des Hommes

string orchestra


La Suite du promeneur
string orchestra

  1. Le curieux
  2. L’extase
  3. La tentation
  4. Aux portes de l’enfer
  5. La morale de cette…

Le curieux


La tentation

Aux portes de l’enfer

La morale de cette…




Three works. Three visions. One composer.

Life’s heartbeat is everywhere throughout this album. The symphonic poem Saint-Exupéry: de coeur, de sable et d’étoiles is a homage to the creator of Le Petit Prince. Couleurs depicts the longing of adolescence. La Suite du promeneur, shares a philosophic vision of mankind’s passage here on earth …Louis Babin spins out a multi-layered musical Ariadne’s Thread for you to follow – or to lose
yourself within…



Technical Informations

Composer: Louis Babin
Orchestra:  Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Petr Vronský
Lenght of the CD: 33 minutes
Number of Tracks: 9
Packaging: Cardboard and plastic
Digital Booklet: PDF (online)
Product Number: ODL-LB-002

Recording: tracks 1 to 3, Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic on January 7th 2015
Producer: Bob Lord
Engineer: Ales Dvorak

Recording: tracks 4 to 9, Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic on July 9th and December 17th 2011
Producer: Richard Mlynar
Engineer: Zdenek Slavotinek
Editing: Shaun Michaud

Album Mixing: Sylvain Lefebvre, Studio Lamajeure, Montreal
Mixing Assistant: Maxime Vermette, Studio Lamajeure, Montreal

Cover Photos: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
Argentine, 1930Courtesy of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Estate. Louis Babin : Monique Dykstra
Traduction : John Brooke
Executive Producer: Louis Babin
Producer: Bob Lord (Parma Recordings)

The Parma Recordings Team

Audio Director: Jeff LeRoy
Mastering: Shaun Michaud
Art & Production Director: Brett Picknell
Graphic Designer: Ryan Harrison
A&R: Matt Konrad
Marketing Manager: Ethan Fortin




Donation to the FASEJ

Logo-fondation Antoine de Saint-Exupery

By purchasing this album, you are supporting the initiatives of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Foundation in favour of the education of disadvantaged youth.





I am grateful to all those who supported the production of this album.

Sylvie Castonguay, François d’Agay, nephew and godchild of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and President of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Foundation, Claude Révolte, Delphis A. Babin, Francine Ladouceur, Fanny Castonguay-Babin, Maude d’Ambroise-Courcelles, Jonathan Ortega, Sylvie Bélanger, Roger Guérin, Johanne Mercier, Frédéric Metthé, François Forget, Bill Nerenberg, Normand Doucet, Louise Greffard, Ron Vaillancourt, Michel Dupire and my friend and mentor Michel Longtin.




More pages to consult

Supplement Informations and Keys of the Work (in French)




Downloadble Documents

Présentation and motives : Saint-Exupéry (in French)
( PDF 900kB)


Alain Trudel and the OSL: The Three B

Beethoven, Brahms… Babin!

Mæstro Alain Trudel and the Orchestre symphonique de Laval (OSL) are programing Saint-Exupéry : de cœur, de sable et d’étoiles for the opening concert celebrating their 30th Anniversary.

It is a true priviledge to be played by the orchestra of you own town. Huge thanks to Alain and Marie-Pierre Rolland, General Manager of the OSL.

Here are some reviews about the piece founded on my CD Saint-Exupéry : de cœur, de sable et d’étoiles and Other Works.

I will keep you posted as soon as the tickets will be available.

Hope to see you there.

Les trois B
Les trois B