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Performer: Harmonium
Genre: Rock
Title: L'Heptade
Country: Canada
Style: Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock
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L'Heptade is the third and final album from Harmonium, in which the band made a serious foray into progressive rock. It was released as a double-LP in 1976. It remains one of the best-known popular music double albums in Quebec.

L'Heptade is a music studio album recording by HARMONIUM (Symphonic Prog/Progressive Rock) released in 1976 on cd, lp, vinyl and/or cassette. Passing from prog folk into folk-influenced symphonic prog, Harmonium's epic concept album L'Heptade is a pretty little album from the tail-end of the golden age of prog. Always sentimental, the music at some point threatens to cross the line into sheer schmaltz, but is usually saved from this by the band's exceptional command of mood.

L'Heptade (from "hepta" - seven) constitutes the pinnacle of the band's creativity. This song cycle, presented as an initiatory rite, is formed of seven main pieces: "Comme un Fou" (Like a Fool), "Chanson Noire" (Dark Song), "Le Premier Ciel" (The First Sky), "Le Corridor," "Lumières de Vie" (Lights of Life), and "Comme un Sage" (Like a Wise Man).

Symphonic Prog Harmonium. Album Name L'Heptade.

In fact, a lot of people feel ‘Les 5 Saisons’ deserves that honour (which is indeed a masterpiece in its own right). However, l’Heptade is proving to be much more lush and ambitious. Although a tad overlong and indulgent for the non-initiated, it does represent a step up compositionally

I can hear a lot of Self-Titled sounds being carried onto this album, mainly the "singalong" parts. overall this album surprised me considering its length which i would think would drag the album out for too long. 69. Harmonium's final record, "L'Heptade", is a very ambitious piece of symphonic prog. It came out towards the genre's mainstream peak, very easily comparable to works of Yes or Camel and even pre-DSOTM Pink Floyd through various cinematics.

After Harmonium's second album, Si On Avait Besoin d'une Cinquième Saison, Serge Fiori's group kept on growing. From a three-piece folk-pop outfit, it had now reached the level of a rock band, including a drummer (Denis Farmer), a cast of guest musicians (reedist Libert Subirana taking the place of Pierre Daigneault, guitarist Robert Stanley, a choir including singer/songwriter Richard Séguin and Beau Dommage's Pierre Bertrand) and a full symphonic orchestra lead by Neil Chotem

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1-1 Prologue
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
1-2 Comme Un Fou
Lyrics By [Paroles] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*
1-3 Sommeil Sans Rêves
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
Chanson Noire (8:09)
1-4a Le Bien, Le Mal
Lyrics By [Paroles] – S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*
1-4b Pour Une Blanche Cérémonie
Lyrics By [Paroles] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*, S. Locat*
1-5a L'Appel
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
1-5b Le Premier Ciel
Lyrics By [Paroles] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*
1-6a Sur Une Corde Raide
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
1-6b L'Exil
Lyrics By [Paroles] – S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*
2-1 Le Corridor
Lyrics By [Paroles] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*
2-2a Les Premières Lumières
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
Lumières De Vie (14:12)
2-2b Lumière De Nuit
Lyrics By [Paroles] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*
2-2c Éclipse
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
2-2d Lumière De Jour
Music By [Musique] – S. Locat*
2-2e Lumière De Vie
Music By [Musique] – L. Valois*, S. Fiori*, S. Locat*
2-3a Prélude D'Amour
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
2-3b Comme Un Sage
Lyrics By [Paroles] – S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*
2-4 Épilogue
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*

Companies, etc.

  • Distributed By – Columbia House – 530725T


  • Acoustic Guitar [Guitare Acoustique 6 Cordes] – Michel Normandeau (tracks: 1-5b), Serge Fiori (tracks: 1-4a, 1-5b, 2-2b, 2-2e)
  • Alto Saxophone [Saxophone Alto] – Libert Subirana (tracks: 1-4b)
  • Arranged By [Arrangements Musicaux] – Harmonium, M. Lachance*, N. Chotem*
  • Backing Vocals [Choeur] – Estelle Ste-Croix (tracks: 1-2, 1-4b, 1-5b, 2-3b), Monique Fauteux (tracks: 1-2, 1-4b, 1-5b, 2-3b), Pierre Bertrand (tracks: 1-2, 1-4b, 1-5b, 2-3b), Richard Séguin (tracks: 1-2, 1-4b, 1-5b, 2-3b), Serge Fiori (tracks: 1-2, 1-4b, 1-5b, 2-3b)
  • Bass [Basse] – Louis Valois (tracks: 1-2, 1-4, 1-5b, 1-6b, 2-1, 2-2b, 2-2e, 2-3b)
  • Bass Clarinet [Clarinette Basse] – Libert Subirana (tracks: 1-4b)
  • Celesta [Célesta] – Denis Farmer (tracks: 1-6b), Neil Chotem (tracks: 1-2, 1-6b, 2-2)
  • Cello [1er Violoncelle] – Jack Cantor
  • Clarinet [Clarinette] – Libert Subirana (tracks: 1-4b)
  • Classical Guitar – Anthony Chotem (tracks: 2-2)
  • Conductor – Neil Chotem
  • Congas – Denis Farmer (tracks: 1-4a)
  • Design [Conception De La Pochette] – Michel Normandeau, Robert Lussier
  • Directed By [Direction Musicale] – L. Valois*, M. Lachance*, S. Fiori*
  • Drums [Batterie] – Denis Farmer (tracks: 1-2, 1-4, 1-5b, 1-6b, 2-1, 2-2b, 2-2e, 2-3b)
  • Electric Guitar [Guitare Électrique 6 Cordes] – Robert Stanley (tracks: 1-5b, 2-1, 2-2b, 2-2e), Serge Fiori (tracks: 2-2b, 2-3b)
  • Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Louis Valois (tracks: 1-5b)
  • Electric Piano [Piano Fender Rhodes] – Neil Chotem (tracks: 1-6b, 2-1, 2-3b)
  • Electric Piano [Piano Électrique] – Serge Locat (tracks: 1-2, 1-4a)
  • Flute [Flûte En Do (Solo)] – Libert Subirana (tracks: 1-4a)
  • Flute [Flûte En Sol] – Libert Subirana (tracks: 1-4a, 2-3b)
  • Flute [Flûte] – Jeanne Baxtresse*
  • Guitar [Guitare Classique] – Anthony Chotem
  • Harp [Harpe] – Dorothy E. Masella*
  • Lead Vocals [Voix] – Monique Fauteux (tracks: 2-1), Serge Fiori (tracks: 1-2, 1-4, 1-5b, 1-6b, 2-2b, 2-3b)
  • Management [Direction Artstique Et Gérance] – Paul Dupont-Hébert
  • Management [Direction Artstique Pour Cbs] – John Williams*
  • Mellotron – Serge Locat (tracks: 1-2, 1-4a, 1-5b, 1-6b, 2-1, 2-3b)
  • Mixed By [Mixage] – H. Perrot, M. Lachance*
  • Oboe [Hautbois] – Peter Bowman
  • Orchestrated By [Arrangements Orchestraux] – Neil Chotem
  • Organ [Orgue Yamaha] – Louis Valois (tracks: 1-6b), Serge Locat (tracks: 1-2, 1-4, 1-6b)
  • Organ [Orgue À Tuyaux] – Serge Locat (tracks: 2-2b, 2-2e)
  • Percussion [Percussions] – Denis Farmer (tracks: 1-2, 1-4b, 1-5b, 2-3b), Louis Charbonneau
  • Photography By [Denis Farmer Photo] – Danielle Arsenault
  • Photography By [Photos] – Robert Lussier
  • Photography By [Serge Fiori Photo] – Dave Taillon
  • Piano – Neil Chotem (tracks: 2-2), Serge Locat (tracks: 1-2, 1-4b, 1-5b, 2-1, 2-2b, 2-2d, 2-2e, 2-3b)
  • Producer, Recorded By [Prise De Son] – Michel Lachance
  • Recorded By [Matériel Additionel Enregistré Par] – Nelson Vipond
  • Synthesizer [Synthétiseur] – Neil Chotem (tracks: 2-2), Serge Locat (tracks: 1-2, 1-4a, 1-5b, 1-6b, 2-2b, 2-2e)
  • Tambourine – Michel Lachance (tracks: 1-5b)
  • Twelve-String Guitar [Acoustic] – Serge Fiori (tracks: 1-2, 1-4b, 1-5b, 1-6b, 2-1, 2-2b, 2-2e, 2-3b)
  • Twelve-String Guitar [Electric] – Serge Fiori (tracks: 1-2, 1-4b, 1-5b, 1-6b)
  • Violin [1er Violon] – Calvin Sieb


Regular Case.
Title on back cover is written as 'L'Heptade D'Harmonium'.

This record was recorded in Serge Fiori's house, in the Eastern Townships, with the collaboration of the FEDCO mobile studio, of Providence R.I., during the summer of 1976.
Other sessions took place in Montreal in September and October of 1976, at the Tempo, Son-Québec and Filtroson studios.
The orchestral recording took place at the salle Claude-Champagne at l'école Vincent d'Indy, in Montreal, the 15th, 16th, and 17th of October, under the direction of Neil Chotem, with the collaboration of the Fedco studio.
The mixing took place at the Sounds Interchange studio, in Toronto, from October 20th to 30th, 1976.

Administered and published by Productions Harmonium. Published by Les Productions Harmonium Enr.

Pierre Bertrand appears courtesy of Capitol Records.
Richard Séguin appears courtesy of CBS Records.
Estelle Ste-Croix appears courtesy of Solo Records.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 7464-90348-2

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
PGF 90348 Harmonium L'Heptade ‎(2xLP, Album, Gat) CBS PGF 90348 Canada 1976
PGFT 90348 Harmonium L'Heptade ‎(Cass, Album, Whi) CBS PGFT 90348 Canada Unknown
PGFT 90348 Harmonium L'Heptade ‎(Cass, Album, CrO) CBS PGFT 90348 Canada Unknown
PGFT 90348 Harmonium L'Heptade ‎(2x8-Trk, Album) CBS PGFT 90348 Canada 1976
8898535351272 Harmonium L'Heptade XL ‎(2xCD, RE, RM) Sony Music 8898535351272 Canada 2016