Born in Paris in 1899, Francis Poulenc
soon became a notable composer and pianist. His Serenade,
originally composed in 1925-1926 for Voice and Piano, met much success as part of his Bawdy Songs.
Therefore, it was well-received when Maurice Gendron
transcribed it for Cello and Piano. Poulenc
, as a member of Les Six, composed music in a style contrary to that of Richard Wagner and impressionists Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Serenade
reflects the composer's contrasting style, making use of a 6/8 time signature, double stops, variations in articulation and wide range on the Cello. Being an imaginative and evocative composition, Serenade,
transcribed for Cello and Piano, is a pleasurable addition to the repertoire.