Credo mambo

Michel Chion

Credo mambo has been performed in Brussels and Montréal…

To Annette Vande Gorne

Credo mambo was the first piece realized for a Mass made of several autonomous movements, later integrated to the musique concrète work Missa obscura (1992-2014) and the video liturgy La Messe de terre (1996, 2003).

Maybe the reason I am starting with the Credo is because Faith is the most delicate issue. What is to believe? And what is to believe in specific words or content? Based on the text of the catholic mass, this music is a reflection in action on that question. Through rhythmical allusions, mambo and cha cha cha are also part of this piece. As dances, they are life and, thus, one of many translations of the vital drive, which is one form of faith.

Credo mambo was realized in 1992 at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio of Musiques & Recherches in Ohain (Belgium) with the voices of Cécile Sacco and Michel Chion. My deepest thanks to Annette Vande Gorne who kindly and generously allowed me to compose this work at the Musiques & Recherches studio, and to Jérôme Noetinger who believed enough in this work to list it in his Cinéma pour l’oreille collection of compact discs even before it was completed. Thank you also to Robert Cahen, Denis Dufour and everyone else who helped me finish the Mass.

This new version — which is about 40 seconds longer — was realized in 2008 with the help of Geoffroy Montel and premiered on February 19, 2009 during the Montréal / Nouvelles musiques (MNM) festival in Montréal; a concert coproduced by Réseaux.


  • June 10, 1992, Concert, Théâtre de Banlieue, Brussels (Belgium)
  • February 19, 2009, Premiere of new version (2008), under the title Credo: Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2009: Concert de musique concrète, Salle Pierre-Mercure — Centre Pierre-Péladeau, Montréal (Québec)


Credo mambo (1992, 2008), 20:46
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