Poulenc's five songs, Poèmes De Ronsard were composed in 1925 during the post-war euphoria. The cycle is essential to aspiring, advanced vocalists of the French art song.
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) was a highly prolific composer, and remains popular to this day. Poèmes De Ronsard was composed towards the beginning of the composer's career, based on poems by prolific French poet, Pierre de Ronsard. Poèmes De Ronsard is made up of five songs which alternate between lively and slow tempos; 1) Attributes, 2) The Tomb, 3) Ballet, 4) I only have the Bones, and 5) On his page. As a song cycle with much variation, Poulenc's Poèmes De Ronsard is an exciting addition to the Vocal repertoire.