On this day,
January 7, 1899
French composer and pianist
Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc
in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France
One of the great melodists of the twentieth century, Poulenc was largely self-taught as a composer.
He made an important contribution to French music in the decades after World War I and whose songs are considered among the best composed during the 20th century.
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.
❝My music is my portrait❞
We listen to
Concerto in D Minor for 2 Pianos and Orchestra
Martha Argerich, Alexander Gurning, pianos
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
1. Allegro ma non troppo 00:00
2. Larghetto 09:18
3. Allegro molto 15:11
Les Animaux Modèles
Odense Symphony Orchestra
1. Le Petit Jour (Tres calme) 00:00
2. Le Lion amoureux (Passionnement anime) 04:19
3. L’Homme entre deux ages et ses deux maitre… 06:02
4. Le Mort et le Bucheron (Tres lent) 08:07
5. Les Deux Coqs (Tres modere) 13:54
6. Le Repas de midi (Tres doux, calme et heureux) 17:24