Francis Poulenc: Articles and Interviews: Notes from the by Nicolas Southon,Roger, Mr Nichols

By Nicolas Southon,Roger, Mr Nichols

‘He performs the piano well,’ wrote the society hostess Mme de Saint-Marceaux in her diary on 18 March 1927. ‘His compositions should not without expertise yet he’s now not a genius, and I’m afraid he thinks he is.’ clever notwithstanding the girl used to be, she obtained this one spectacularly unsuitable. Poulenc has actually outpaced his colleagues in Les Six through many a mile, as singers and instrumentalists around the world will attest, and whereas he could by no means have permitted the identify of ‘genius’, who prefer ‘artisan’, a genius is more and more what he seems to be to have been.

Part of the reply lay in continually being his personal guy, and this independence of spirit indicates via in his writings and interviews simply as brightly as in his tune, even if it’s boasting that he’d feel free by no means to listen to The Mastersingers ever back, declaring that what critics condemn because the ‘formlessness’ of French tune is considered one of its delights, voicing his outrage at makes an attempt to ‘finish’ the incomplete Symphony, writing ‘in compliment of banality’ - or remembering the affair of Debussy’s hat. And in each case, his intelligence, humour and generosity of spirit support clarify why he was once so broadly and deeply loved.

This quantity contains chosen articles from Francis Poulenc: J’écris ce qui me chante (Fayard, 2011) edited by means of Nicholas Southon. a lot of those articles and interviews haven't been on hand in English earlier than and Roger Nichols's translation, taking pictures the very essence of Poulenc’s full of life writing sort, makes extra greatly obtainable this important contribution to Poulenc scholarship.

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