This collection of essays provides vivid new insights into Poulenc’s world, his particular rapport with painters, writers and fellow musicians, and with the social élite who promoted his music through their salons. Contributions from international Poulenc scholars include the influence of various artists on his music, the nature of his affinity for Eluard’s poetry, his response to texts by Cocteau and Bernanos, and his constant search for suitable libretti. New light is thrown on two friendships, the first with his childhood friend Raymonde Linossier who introduced him to the world of books, the second to his teacher Charles Koechlin who greatly influenced his choral style. A detailed study is also provided of Poulenc’s four choral works with orchestra. Finally, the reader is allowed a rare view of Poulenc at the microphone, not as interviewee but as radio presenter, in his 1947-1949 series of programmes ’A bÃ¢tons rompus’.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Poulenc and Koechlin: 58 lessons and a friendship, Robert Orledge; Poulenc’s choral works with orchestra, Keith W. Daniel; Raymonde Linossier: ’Lovely soul who was my flame’, Sophie Robert; ’My ideal library’, Francis Poulenc; ’The coherence of opposites’: Eluard, Poulenc and the poems of Tel jour telle nuit, Sidney Buckland; Nogent music: Poulenc and Dufy, Marjorie Running Wharton; ’All my pleasure is in making new discoveries’: Francis Poulenc visits American museums of art. From Feuilles américaines. Extraits de journal, Francis Poulenc; Distilling essences: Poulenc and Matisse, Carl B. Schmidt; Poulenc and his patrons: social convergences, Myriam Chimènes; In search of a libretto, Denis Waleckx; Dialogues des Carmélites: the historical background, literary destiny and genesis of the opera, Claude Gendre; ’A musical confession’: Poulenc, Cocteau and La Voix humaine, Denis Waleckx; Poulenc, Britten, Aldeburgh: a chronicle, Philip Reed; Francis Poulenc - disc jockey, Lucie Kayas; Index.
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