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Francis Poulenc
composer, pianist

Francis Poulenc

  • January 7, 1899 Paris (France) - January 30, 1963 Paris (France)


Poulenc personifies the French spirit. Born into a rich family, the gifted child was taught the piano by Ricardo Vines and attended Charles Kœchlin’s classes in composition. Having quickly come to the attention of the Parisian intelligentsia, Poulenc had his astonishing Negro Rhapsody performed during a concert when he was only eighteen. Even though Poulenc the pianist caused a sensation, it was the composer who made the greatest impression with the confidence of his style. Satie, Auric, Stravinsky, Gide and Claudel were all admirers of the young Poulenc.

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