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Francis Poulenc

Francis Poulenc (Composer)

Born: 7th January 1899, Paris

Died: 30th January 1963, Paris

Nationality: French

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include songs, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Among the best-known are the piano suite Trois mouvements perpétuels (1919), the ballet Les biches (1923), the Concert champêtre (1928) for harpsichord and orchestra, the Organ Concerto (1938), the opera Dialogues des Carmélites (1957), and the Gloria (1959) for soprano, choir and orchestra.

As the only son of a prosperous manufacturer, Poulenc was expected to follow his father into the family firm, and he was not allowed to enrol at a music college. Largely self-educated musically, he studied with the pianist Ricardo Viñes, who became his mentor after the composer's parents died.

Further Reading: Poulenc

 Interview, Rosalind Plowright on Dialogues des Carmélites

Katherine talks to the British mezzo about singing Poulenc's masterpiece in a new production from Paris, out now on DVD/Blu-ray on Erato.

 Favourites, Francis Poulenc

Katherine selects some favourite recordings of the French composer Francis Poulenc.

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