Francis Poulenc: Suite For Piano

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Publisher: Chester Music
Artist: Francis Poulenc
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album

A suite composed in 1920 in three movements: 1) Presto, 2) Andante, 3) Vif.

In January 1920 the critic Henri Collet named Poulenc and five composing friends ‘Le Groupe des Six’, by analogy with the Russian Five. It was a convenient label for publicity purposes and Jean Cocteau, as their self-appointed spokesman, was quick to capitalise on the possibilities. But each of the Six always insisted that the group was just a collection of friends, with no communal musical aims. As it happened, Poulenc’s Suite For Pianio and Impromptus for piano fit Cocteau’s prescription quite well – they are clear, light-hearted and entertaining. But the Promenades, written in 1921 for Artur Rubinstein, belong to the more serious side of Poulenc which was already struggling to make itself heard. This ten-movement celebration of different modes of transport explores a number of the new musical techniques which were intriguing composers of the 1920s, and the resulting language must have seemed difficult to pianists of the time, although now it merely appears of its period.

ISBN: 9780711954519
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
No of pages: 16
Language: English
Catalogue No: CH02076

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        Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
        9 out of 10


        Ripon GB Pianist
        Poulenc writes tuneful, quirky music, often humorous, not that easy to play. The items I liked best here are nos 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8.
        Printed clearly on solid paper.
        Expensive for 24 pages of music.
        Confirmed purchase: 03 May 2016
        Published on: 26 May 2016
        9 out of 10


        Very well presented, clear printing so every note is legible and securely bound.
        Would have preferred it to be edited so that there were suggested fingering for some of the more trickier passages and perhaps some historical background to the work to put it in context.
        Confirmed purchase: 06 November 2014
        Published on: 20 November 2014

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