Francis Poulenc

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Born: 1899-1963
Nationality: French
Education/Training:
his mother was an amateur pianist and taught him to play, as a youth took lessons from Ricardo Viñes; first formal compositional training was with Charles Koechlin in 1921, but remained mostly self-taught
Best Known For:
being a member of Les Six, the group of young French and Swiss composers in Jean Cocteau’s social circle that included Poulenc, Milhaud, Auric, Durey, Honegger and Tailleferre
Notable Compositions:
composed music in genres including art song, solo piano music, chamber music, oratorio, opera, ballets, and orchestral music as well as choral music, his most notable being Figure Humaine, Promenades, Les biches, Bal de jeunes filles, Litanies a la vierge noire, Improvisations, Les soirees de Nazelles, Dialogues of the Carmelites
Curious Facts:
while raised Roman Catholic, it wasn’t until the death of a friend and subsequent visit to the shrine of the Black Virgin of Rocamadour in 1935 that he experienced a life changing transformation, which began a sizable output of liturgical and religious music, beginning with the Litanies à la Vierge Noire
REPERTOIRE : Figure Humaine
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Soar 10/02/2005
Poulenc & Vaughan Williams 04/14/2013
REPERTOIRE : Gloria
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And the Angels Sang 12/07/2003
And the Angels Sang 12/09/2003
Duruflé, Honegger, Debussy & Poulenc 03/31/1979
LA Phil: A Glorious Celebration 07/06/2010
REPERTOIRE : Litanies á La Vierge Noire
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Mystics at the Cathedral 11/10/2002
REPERTOIRE : Huit Chansons Françaises
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Expressions of Love 03/16/2002
REPERTOIRE : O Magnum Mysterium
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Home for the Holidays 12/19/1999
French Masters from Passereau to Poulenc 03/20/1972
REPERTOIRE : Chansons Françaises (French Songs)
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Folksongs: Brahms + Copland 03/29/2009
REPERTOIRE : Pilons L'orge
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Great Sounds of the Chorus 01/23/1988
REPERTOIRE : Sept Répons Des Ténèbres
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Music -- Majestic and Mystic 02/15/1975
REPERTOIRE : Tenebrae Factae Sunt
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French Masters from Passereau to Poulenc 03/20/1972
REPERTOIRE : Mass in G Major
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Contemporary Music Concert 02/24/1968
Choral Concerts for Young People 02/24/1968
REPERTOIRE : Les Mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tirésias)
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LA Phil: Les Mamelles de Tirésias 06/04/2000
REPERTOIRE : Laudamus Te (from Gloria)
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22nd Annual High School Choir Festival 04/15/2011
REPERTOIRE : Four Christmas Motets
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Rejoice! A Classical Christmas 12/11/2011
Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas 12/14/2014
REPERTOIRE : Salve Regina
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Poulenc & Vaughan Williams 04/14/2013
REPERTOIRE : Trois Chansons
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LAMC Presents: Roger Wagner Chorale On Tour 04/17/1974
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