Les trois diables

Program note

The main devil convinces Richard’s alcoholic wife to sell him her soul. An angel offers three gifts to Richard: 1) a magic chair, from which no one can stand unless given permission by Richard; 2) a magic violin, which, when played, forces everyone to dance until given permission to stop by Richard, and 3) a magic bag from which no one can escape unless given permission by Richard. Each one year and one day a devil comes and tries to leave with the wife’s soul and Richard manages to trick each devil with the angel’s gifts. When the wife dies, she goes to hell and when Richard dies, he goes to Heaven. However, he cannot live without her and goes to the underworld to save her. Exasperated, the devils let her go, together with another 100 souls. 

Children’s adaptation of the fairy tale: The wife sells her soul not for alcohol, but for candy. Nobody dies, but the evil forces attack the family. The powerful love between Richard and his wife repels them and both continue to live happily. 

- Alexandra Fol, Montréal, QC, Canada 

August – October 2017 


I – L’ivrogne vend son âme au diable The drunkard sells her soul to the devil

II – L’ange offre trois cadeaux à Richard The angel offers three gifts to Richard

III – Le premier diable et la chaise magique The first devil and the magic chair

IV – Le deuxième diable et le violon magique The second devil and the magic violin

V – Le troisième diable et la poche magique The third devil and the magic bag

VI – Les époux combattent les forces de l’enfer The spouses battle the forces of hell

VII – L’amour vainqueur Love victorious

VII – Mouvement mobile Movable movement

This work is based on the Québecois fairy tale “Les trois diables”, as told by Paul Stevens.

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Year of composition
C flute /
B-flat clarinet /
Violin /
Cello /
Piano /
Marimba /
Bass drum (orchestral) /
Plastic woodblock /

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