Song of Ocarina

"Song of Ocarina" is a 1991 song recorded by the musicians Jean-Philippe Audin and Diego Modena. It is entirely instrumental and is played on ocarina by Modena and cello by Audin. Released as the first single from the album Ocarina, it achieved a huge success in France, topping the chart, and became the country's first instrumental number-one hit.[1]

"Song of Ocarina"
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Single by Jean Philippe Audin and Diego Modena
from the album Ocarina
B-side"Ocarina solo"
ReleasedSeptember 1991
Songwriter(s)Paul de Senneville
Producer(s)Paul de Senneville
Marc Minier
Olivier Toussaint
Magic Sigwalt
Jean Philippe Audin and Diego Modena singles chronology
"Song of Ocarina"

Song informationEdit

The song was composed by Paul de Senneville who was best known for composing "Ballade pour Adeline" for Richard Clayderman and had already written several pop songs in the 1980s for the band Pop Concerto Orchestra.

In this instrumental duet, "the cello and the ocarina compete in expressiveness on a swinging rhythmic". The ocarina "gives to the song a thin and air tone which makes us travel in the Andean heights", while the cello "adds to the music a melancholic touch and the depth of the notes of [the] archer".[1]

In France, the single debuted at #37 on October 5, 1991, on the singles chart, and climbed until reaching the top ten five weeks later. It hit the chart for two not consecutive weeks and remained for 21 weeks in the top ten and 32 weeks in the top 50.[2] It was certified Gold disc by the SNEP[3] and remains to date the 883rd best-selling single of all time in France.[4] In Switzerland, "Song of Ocarina" achieved a minor success: it stayed for three weeks on the chart (top 30), peaking at #14 on January 26, 1992.[5]

Track listingsEdit

7" single
  1. "Song of Ocarina" — 3:40
  2. "Song of Ocarina" (ocarina solo) — 3:40
CD maxi
  1. "Song of Ocarina" — 3:40
  2. "Song of Ocarina" (ocarina solo) — 3:40
  3. "Song of Ocarina" (extended version)
  1. "Song of Ocarina" — 3:40
  2. "Song of Ocarina" (ocarina solo) — 3:40

Charts and salesEdit


  1. ^ a b Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, Alinéa Bis, 2002, p. 227 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ a b "Song of Ocarina", French Singles Chart (Retrieved July 17, 2008)
  3. ^ a b French certifications Archived 2012-03-07 at WebCite See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les Certifications depuis 1973" => "AUDIN J-Philippe & MODENA Diego" (Retrieved July 17, 2008)
  4. ^ Best-singles of all time in France Archived 2011-11-03 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved July 17, 2008)
  5. ^ a b "Song of Ocarina", Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved July 17, 2008)
  6. ^ ""Song of Ocarina", Dutch Mega Top 100" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts. Retrieved 18 May 2010.