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 with out expertise yet he’s no longer a genius, and I’m afraid he thinks he is.’ clever even though the woman was once, she acquired this one spectacularly unsuitable. Poulenc has actually outpaced his colleagues in Les Six by way of many a mile, as singers and instrumentalists around the world will attest, and whereas he could by no means have accredited 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 continuously being his personal guy, and this independence of spirit exhibits via in his writings and interviews simply as brightly as in his song, even if it’s boasting that he’d be at liberty by no means to listen to The Mastersingers ever back, stating that what critics condemn because the ‘formlessness’ of French track is one in all 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 generally and deeply loved.
This quantity includes chosen articles from Francis Poulenc: J’écris ce qui me chante (Fayard, 2011) edited through Nicholas Southon. a lot of those articles and interviews haven't been to be had in English earlier than and Roger Nichols's translation, shooting the very essence of Poulenc’s vigorous writing variety, makes extra largely obtainable this crucial contribution to Poulenc scholarship.
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Francis Poulenc: Articles and Interviews: Notes from the Heart by Nicolas Southon,Roger, Mr Nichols