This is the last work Poulenc composed and it is Poulenc at his most scintillating. [126] The Organ Concerto (1938) is in a much more serious vein. Listening to his music you think – it's Poulenc. We may note the order of the instruments in the title – the inclusion of the piano brings a new richness to Poulenc’s chamber textures, and he was to use it in every one of his original chamber works from this point onwards. Their 1920 piano suite L'Album des Six consists of six separate and unrelated pieces. They reacted against the style of music composed by German composer Richard Wagner and French composers Debussy and Ravel, writing irreverent music and cheeky jazz-fuelled tunes. [39] After one of their concerts, the critic Henri Collet published an article titled, "The Five Russians, the Six Frenchmen and Satie". [141] The Aubade, "Concerto choréographique" for piano and 18 instruments (1930) achieves an almost orchestral effect, despite its modest number of players. [93] Between then and the French premiere Poulenc introduced one of his most popular late works, the Flute Sonata, which he and Jean-Pierre Rampal performed in June at the Strasbourg Music Festival. Satie was suspicious of music colleges, but Ravel advised Poulenc to take composition lessons; Milhaud suggested the composer and teacher Charles Koechlin. [86] The music critic of The Times later wrote that the work "is among the very finest choral works of our time and in itself removes Poulenc from the category of petit maître to which ignorance has generally been content to relegate him. [163][164] Integral sets of the chamber music have been recorded by the Nash Ensemble (Hyperion), Eric Le Sage and various French soloists (RCA) and a variety of young French musicians (Naxos). France. This jeu d'esprit was the first of many examples of what Anglophone critics came to call "leg-Poulenc". He heard her as the soloist in Falla's El retablo de maese Pedro (1923), an early example of the use of a harpsichord in a modern work, and was immediately taken with the sound. The best known is the Sextet for Piano and Wind (1932), in Poulenc's light-hearted vein, consisting of two lively outer movements and a central divertimento; this was one of several chamber works that the composer became dissatisfied with and revised extensively some years after their first performance (in this case in 1939–40). [111] In May Poulenc's 60th birthday was marked, a few months late, by his last concert with Bernac before the latter's retirement from public performance. Francis Poulenc. In the period 1953-1956, Poulenc produced his most ambitious work, the opera Dialogue of The Carmelites, considered by many the greatest French opera of the twentieth century. Did you know? [135] Among the piano music not mentioned, favourably or harshly, by Poulenc, the best known pieces include the two Novelettes (1927–28), the set of six miniatures for children, Villageoises (1933), a piano version of the seven-movement Suite française (1935), and L'embarquement pour Cythère for two pianos (1953). All four are characterised by their brevity – less than ten minutes each – their mischievousness and their wit, which Nichols describes as acid. The London Philharmonic Orchestra gave a reception in the composer's honour;[88] he and Benjamin Britten were the soloists in a performance of Poulenc's Double Piano Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall;[89] with Bernac he gave recitals of French mélodies and piano works at the Wigmore Hall and the National Gallery, and recorded for the BBC. [143], The final three sonatas are for woodwind and piano: for flute (1956–57), clarinet (1962), and oboe (1962). He received formal training from composer Charles Koechlin in 1921. 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