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Jenny Poulenc was from a Parisian family with wide artistic interests. He later set many of their poems to music.
I admired him madly, because, at this time, in , he was the only virtuoso who played Debussy and Ravel. There was a fashion for African arts in Paris at the time, and Poulenc was delighted to run across some published verses purportedly Liberian, but full of Parisian boulevard slang. He used one of the poems in two sections of the rhapsody. The baritone engaged for the first performance lost his nerve on the platform, and the composer, though no singer, jumped in.
Between July and October he served at the Franco-German front , after which he was given a series of auxiliary posts, ending as a typist at the Ministry of Aviation. According to Milhaud: In completely arbitrary fashion Collet chose the names of six composers, Auric, Durey, Honegger, Poulenc, Tailleferre and myself, for no other reason than that we knew each other, that we were friends and were represented in the same programmes, but without the slightest concern for our different attitudes and our different natures.
Auric and Poulenc followed the ideas of Cocteau , Honegger was a product of German Romanticism and my leanings were towards a Mediterranean lyrical art Satie was suspicious of music colleges, but Ravel advised Poulenc to take composition lessons; Milhaud suggested the composer and teacher Charles Koechlin. He ought to develop into a farceur of the first order.
Burton comments that, in the late s, Poulenc might have seemed to be in an enviable position: professionally successful and independently well-off, having inherited a substantial fortune from his father.
As she was not only well aware of his homosexuality but was also romantically attached elsewhere, she refused him, and their relationship became strained. On her death he wrote, "All my youth departs with her, all that part of my life that belonged only to her. I sob I am now twenty years older".
His "Epitaphe", to a poem by Malherbe , was written in memory of Linossier, and is described by the pianist Graham Johnson as "a profound song in every sense". His fellow composer Pierre-Octave Ferroud was killed in a car crash so violent that he was decapitated, and almost immediately afterwards, while on holiday, Poulenc visited the sanctuary of Rocamadour.
As I meditated on the fragility of our human frame, I was drawn once more to the life of the spirit. Rocamadour had the effect of restoring me to the faith of my childhood. This sanctuary, undoubtedly the oldest in France In that work I tried to get across the atmosphere of "peasant devotion" that had struck me so forcibly in that lofty chapel. In he composed his first major liturgical work, the Mass in G major for soprano and mixed choir a cappella , which has become the most frequently performed of all his sacred works.
He spent the summer of that year with family and friends at Brive-la-Gaillarde in south-central France. At Brive-la-Gaillarde he began three new works, and once back at his home in Noizay in October he started on a fourth.
The child was brought up without knowing who her father was Poulenc was supposedly her "godfather" but he made generous provision for her, and she was the principal beneficiary of his will.
Poulenc defended Stravinsky and expressed incredulity that "in we are speaking as if the aesthetic of twelve tones is the only possible salvation for contemporary music". This led him to focus on his more serious works, and to try to persuade the French public to listen to them.
In the US and Britain, with their strong choral traditions, his religious music was frequently performed, but performances in France were much rarer, so that the public and the critics were often unaware of his serious compositions. He considered the story of St Margaret of Cortona but found a dance version of her life impracticable. Poulenc found it "such a moving and noble work",  ideal for his libretto, and he began composition in August As his personal wealth had declined since the s he required the substantial income earned from his recitals.
Among his works given during these trips were the American premiere of La Voix humaine at Carnegie Hall in New York, with Duval,  and the world premiere of his Gloria , a large-scale work for soprano, four-part mixed chorus and orchestra, conducted in Boston by Charles Munch. His funeral was at the nearby church of Saint-Sulpice. The composer Lennox Berkeley wrote of him, "All through his life, he was content to use conventional harmony, but his use of it was so individual, so immediately recognizable as his own, that it gave his music freshness and validity.
If you take away either part, the serious or the non-serious, you destroy him. If one part is erased you get only a pale photocopy of what he really is. The first of the ballets, Les biches , was first performed in and remains one of his best-known works. Nichols writes in Grove that the clear and tuneful score has no deep, or even shallow, symbolism, a fact "accentuated by a tiny passage of mock- Wagnerian brass, complete with emotive minor 9ths ".
It draws on a variety of stylistic sources: the first movement ends in a manner reminiscent of Balinese gamelan , and the slow movement begins in a Mozartian style, which Poulenc gradually fills out with his own characteristic personal touches.
Poulenc said that it was "on the outskirts" of his religious music, and there are passages that draw on the church music of Bach , though there are also interludes in breezy popular style. He came to feel, "I dressed too young for my age I like very much my two collections of Improvisations, an Intermezzo in A flat, and certain Nocturnes. Numbers one and two were composed in August ; the A flat followed in March The music seems simply to roll off the pages, each sound following another in such an honest and natural way, with eloquence and unmistakable Frenchness.
Whether or not Poulenc originally conceived them as an integral set, he gave the eighth the title "To serve as Coda for the Cycle" Pour servir de Coda au Cycle. All consist of short sections, the longest being the "Hymne", the second of the three pieces, which lasts about four minutes.
The first four sonatas come from the early group, all written before Poulenc was twenty-two. They are for two clarinets , piano duo , clarinet and bassoon and horn, trumpet and trombone Writing for strings did not come easily to Poulenc; these sonatas were completed after two unsuccessful earlier attempts, [n 25] and in he destroyed the draft of a string quartet.
They have, according to Grove, become fixtures in their repertoires because of "their technical expertise and of their profound beauty". Like the Mass, it is unaccompanied, and to succeed in performance it requires singers of the highest quality.
All these works are based on liturgical texts, originally set to Gregorian chant. I think it is beautiful. May they spare me a few days in Purgatory , if I narrowly avoid going to hell.
Poulenc: The Complete Songs Vol. 1
Those 3 together just work really nicely. You can sit down and just listen to it from start to finish. Martineau accompanies with judicious, sharp-eared facility and experience. Christopher Maltman, Lisa Milne and Robert Murray are the main figures in the first volume, which is centred on the quirkily profound poetry of Louise de Vilmorin. The quietly shattering end of the war-ravaged Bleuet, from Murray, is one such occasion. At first the piano resonates alarmingly, but the acoustic settles and is kind to the voices.
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Jenny Poulenc was from a Parisian family with wide artistic interests. He later set many of their poems to music. I admired him madly, because, at this time, in , he was the only virtuoso who played Debussy and Ravel. There was a fashion for African arts in Paris at the time, and Poulenc was delighted to run across some published verses purportedly Liberian, but full of Parisian boulevard slang. He used one of the poems in two sections of the rhapsody.
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