Diary of My Songs

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Kahn & Averill, 1985 - Music - 160 pages
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Many of Francis Poulenc's songs are verses by 20th-century French poets set to music, and this diary is an answer to what the composer felt were frequent misinterpretations of his work. To set the record straight, Poulenc describes the origins of each song, comments on performances, offers guidelines for interpretation of his work, and discusses his methods for arranging vocal music. In this new edition of the diary, the original French text and the English translation appear on facing pages, and a bibliography, a discography, and extensive notes are included.  

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Diary of my songs = Journal de mes mélodies

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Poulenc is the premier composer of French art songs of his generation. His relatively small output is characterized by limpid melodic writing and subtleties of musical and literary nuance. His diary ... Read full review


Foreword by Graham Johnson
List of Songs by Francis Poulenc

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About the author (1985)

Francis Poulenc was a French composer of chamber music, concertos, opera, and songs whose best-known works include Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani in G Minor. Graham Johnson is the author of A French Song Companion. Winifred Radford was an English soprano and vocal teacher and the translator of The Interpretation of French Song and Francis Poulenc: The Man and His Songs.

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