Trois Mouvements Perpétuels - Francis Poulenc

Francis Poulec was a French composer, he was born on 7 January 1899, Paris. Francis studies composition under Charles Koechiin, came under the influence of Erik Satie, and as a member of Lex Six was prominent in the reaction against “Debussyesque” Impressionism. He wrote chamber music in a cool, limpid style, often for unusual combinations of instruments, and is also known for impressive stage works, especially the ballet Les biches and the operas Les melles de Tiresias and Dialogues des Carmelites. His cantata Figure humanine has as its theme the occupations of France.

Perhaps his major contribution to music is his considerable output of songs, more romantic in outlook than his other compositions, which include Poemes de Ronsard and Fetes galantes. All his compositions are masterpieces and they represent an important part of the music’s history of France. Since he was a child his music talent was prodigious and he soon became the best pianist of his times.

He has many compositions, but one of the best is: Trois mouvements perpétels, it was very success in the early 20th century, classical music lovers flocked theaters to see how Francis Poulenc performed this beautiful piece of music. Many current composers still perform this song in the opera and classical music season in Paris. Other important compositions of Francis Poulenc are:
  • Les Biches
  • Concert Champêtre
  • Litanies
  • Vierge Noire
  • Tel jour, telle nuit
  • Les Mamelles de Tirésias
  • Stabat Mater
  • Dialogues des Carmelites
  • Gloria
  • Sept répons des ténèbres

One can listen to these classical music songs in order to improve one’s knowledge of French culture; there are many other French composers very famous as Francis Poulenc. It’s advisable to check his original songs to improve one’s French vocabulary and other French language skills.

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