18/11/2003 - Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées - Dame Felicity Lott, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, John Nelson (conductor)
For the 25th anniversary concert of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, John Nelson suggested I should write a symphonic tribute, and we mischievously decided Dame Felicity Lott should sing "Happy birthday to you", accompanied by the entire orchestra.
This is a work composed for a special occasion, therefore, a special tune, a chanson-scherzo and humorous melody taken from a song cycle that does not exist, for a very great singer - Stravinsky and Berio used a similar procedure.
I have deliberately written this scherzo in a brilliant and lively style, matching the colours of my First Symphony which is still very present in my mind.
Régis Campo was born in Marseilles in 1968 and took composition lessons with Georges Boeuf and Jacques Charpentier before enrolling at the Paris Conservatory, where he continued his studies with Alain Bancquart and Gérard Grisey, finishing with the first prize in composition in 1995. [...]