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Belle Ayiti - Mizik
Tangente au Yanvalou
Sonate Vodou Jazz
Haitian Folk Songs
Zanmi Ansanm Mizik Ayisyen (Friends Together For
Haitian Music) (75:29) (2007)
[The price is $20.00 plus $5.00 S&H. To order, send an email to:
visit the website of EducaVision, which is selling the CD online for
The Haitian Masters
Meringue Haitienne, Nostalgie (6:00)
Valse, Rose printaniere (4:34)
IFA Music Records 256 (1999)
Composers -> Racine, Julio
Karine Margron, vocalist Minis Azaka
2 Ricot Mazarin, vocalist
3 feuilles 3 Racine Oh
3 Karine Margron, vocalist
4 Karine Margron, vocalist Nap
is a Haitian composer, arranger and flutist who
was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on February 4, 1945. He
now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and was interviewed for this
page by William J. Zick, Nov. 17 and 24, 2009. His father was
Cesar Racine and his mother was Lea Delva Racine.
Julio was asked about his
father Cesar Racine's occupation:
He was a lawyer, he
had the functions of a judge in Belledere, which is a
town on the border of the Dominican Republic. That's in
the Plateau Centrale in Haiti.
He was mainly
in Belledere and we were in Port-au-Prince to go to
school. Whenever there was a vacation, my sisters and
brother and I would join him in Belledere. He
would come and get us
Cesar Racine also had a farm on
which he raised a variety of crops and animals.
Julio Racine says of his
She learned to paint
when she was in school and so she left some beautiful
Yes, she was very
talented, but not famous.
We asked Julio where his
Port-au-Prince and in the countryside. At that time she
was working for the Board of Education and she would go
wherever they sent her, for one or two years.
Julio had a brother and two
sisters, and was only two years old when his mother died in 1947.
We asked if anyone had helped his father raise the four
children. Julio replied:
My grandmother and my
uncles. The way the culture is in Haiti, when you
have a tragedy like this, the whole family gathers and
they share responsibilities. The main person was my
grandmother, my mother's mother. My uncles shared
different roles as they raised us.
5 Flute Lessons
was 12 years old he began taking flute lessons at
from the Rev. Ulrick Delva, an uncle who was a Roman Catholic
priest. Rev. Delva
was an accomplished flutist, and was also the organist at the
Roman Catholic Cathédrale de Port-au-Prince.
Racine was 15
when he entered the Conservatoire National, where he studied
flute with Despestre Salnave, an excellent flutist from
Montpellier, France. At the conservatory, he also studied piano
and harmony with Professor Solon Verret, also a Haitian
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Among Solon Verret's
Meringue Haitienne, Nostalgie (6:00) and
Valse, Rose printaniere (4:34). They can be found on
Music of the Haitian Masters, IFA
Music Records 256 (1999).
The works were composed for piano but are performed by Jean E.
Saint-Eloi on Midi guitar. The liner notes are by the guitarist,
and begin with an overview of Haitian classical music. Music of the Haitian Masters
is available at CDBaby.com.
Julio Racine was the scholarship recipient at the University of
Louisville, Kentucky, School of Music. There he studied flute
with Prof. Francis Fuge and composition with Dr. Nelson Keyes.
He graduated in 1974 and returned to Haiti.
Julio was immediately given a faculty appointment as Professor
of Flute and Conductor of the Holy Trinity Philharmonic
Orchestra (Orchestre Philharmonique
He has given numerous
flute and chamber music recitals in Haiti. In 1984 he
conducted the Holy Trinity Orchestra on a tour of several U.S.
10 Summer Camp
through the year 1986 Julio Racine had a key role in organizing
the Summer Music Camp for young musicians in Haiti, the “École
de Musique Saint Trinité.” In 1979 Julio attended a conducting
symposium with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood, Massachusetts
and took flute lessons with Doriot Dwyer of the Boston Symphony.
He retired from the faculty of Holy Trinity School in 2001, and
relocated to the U.S.
works are essentially Haitian-inspired, and have been performed
and well-received in Haiti. His compositions include the
Yanvalou for flute and piano
Sonate Vodou Jazz for Flute & Piano
2 String quartets
Essais for piano
Entr’act for Brass quintet
Fanfare for brass quintet
Regards, suite in 4 mvts for full orchestra
Agnus Dei for choir
Sonate a Cynthia for Cello & piano
Sonate a Christine for Flute & piano
Missa Brevis for Choir & String orchestra
Suite No. 2 for Full orchestra
Honneur a John Hoover for Brass Quintet
Haitian Sketches for Full orchestra
Much of Julio Racine's time is spent orchestrating and arranging
Haitian folksongs, such as these:
Dominique Jn. Baptiste (Arranged for Brass)
feuilles, Trois racines Oh! (For String orchestra)
Erzulie Oh! (Voice & Piano)
Danza #4 de
Ludovic Lamothe (Arranged for Violin & Piano)
Titit (Voice & Piano
Mèsi bon Dié
Belle Haiti (Voice & Piano)
(Arranged for Voice & Piano)
Idille paysanne by M.L. Denis (Arranged for Full
Suite Haitienne by F. Casseus (Arr. for Cello & Piano by J. Racine)
Voice and Strings for Piano
Congo (F. Casseus)
Ma priere (A. Derose)
Il n'y a que toi ( A. Derose)
Chante l'oiseau (A. Derose)
Z.A.M.A. is an abbreviation for
Zanmi Ansanm Mizik Ayisyen (Friends Together For Haitian Music).
The group's members are Mary Procopio, flute; Rebecca Dirksen,
piano; Ann Weaver, viola; and Tom Clowes, cello. The four
musicians became acquainted at the Summer Music Camp in Haiti.
The group raises funds for scholarships at institutions of music
and culture throughout Haiti.
14 Belle Ayiti
Belle Ayiti - Mizik
Savant Ayisyen (Beautiful Haiti - Haitian Classical Music)
(75:29) is a 2007 release by Z.A.M.A. It sells for $20.00, plus
$5.00 shipping and handling, when ordered by email
from Mary Procopio,
email@example.com. It is also available for $20 plus 10%
shipping at the website of Educa VisionThe liner notes discuss the
CD's works of Julio
Racine, Tangente au Yanvalou; Sonate Vodou Jazz;
and Haitian Folk Songs:
Like Jaegerhuber, Racine identifies with
the importance of Haiti's traditional music; he
incorporates elements taken from the Vodou ceremony into
his music, arranges Haitian folk songs in an art music
style and promotes Haitian music to an international
audience. Racine's Tangente au Yanvalou
utilizes traditional rhythmic elements derived from the
ceremonial music of Haitian Vodou. His Sonate
Vodou Jazz utilizes melodies associated with
Ezili and Dambala and rhythms taken from
kongo, petwo, and yanvalou, among
others. Additionally, Racine departs from the
traditional approach by utilizing chromaticism and
incorporating elements of jazz into his classical music
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Julio Racine has done
numerous arrangements and orchestrations of Haitian folk songs.
They are available at the following web address:
This page was last updated
January 23, 2021