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By Nicolas Southon,Roger Nichols

’He performs the piano well,’ wrote the society hostess Mme de Saint-Marceaux in her diary on 18 March 1927. ’His compositions usually are not with out expertise yet he’s now not a genius, and I’m afraid he thinks he is.’ clever although the woman used to be, she obtained 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 globe will attest, and whereas he may by no means have accredited the identify of ’genius’, who prefer ’artisan’, a genius is more and more what he appears to be like to were. a part of the reply lay in regularly being his personal guy, and this independence of spirit indicates 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, mentioning that what critics condemn because the ’formlessness’ of French track is one among 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 largely and deeply enjoyed. This quantity contains chosen articles from Francis Poulenc: J’écris ce qui me chante (Fayard, 2011) edited via 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 energetic writing kind, makes extra broadly available this crucial contribution to Poulenc scholarship.

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