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Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (January 7, 1899 - January 30, 1963) was a French composer and a member of the French Group Les Six.

He was a Parisian by birth and death, and always preferred the city to the country. His mother, an amateur pianist, taught him to play, and music formed a part of family life.

Poulenc was a member of Les Six, a group of young French composers, Darius Milhaud, Georges Auric, Louis Durey,…

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  • His two piano concertos are absolutely beautiful, they make me laugh, they make me weep, and they make me think - not to mention the surprising moments of nobleness and even majesty, such as the brass in the Allegretto of 'in C♯ minor'. I knew his voice to be to my liking even before these two, but they have now solidifed and remarkably strengthened this conception. I'll definitely be getting to know him better.
  • Poulenc actually playing Satie's Gymnopedie #1: He is the performer, not the composer. Some people have tagged their music by performer instead of by composer, hence why it shows up here
  • The second movement from the Piano Concerto sounds like Tonite it Shows from Mercury Rev. :D
  • Gymnopedie No. 1 is by Eric Satie, not Poulenc!!!
  • The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Francis Poulenc into the Class of 1983. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame.
  • I think whoever composed the Apocalypse now soundtrack must have listened to his Concerto for Organ. Quite a few similarities
  • I'm looking for the 1957 Flute Sonata, can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!
  • Such a great composer, I particularly love his organ concerto and his sinfonietta
  • Playing the double piano concerto in our orchestra. good stuff!
  • Ou sont les "animaux modeles"? :(

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