The Resource Francis Poulenc, Wilfrid Mellers

Francis Poulenc, Wilfrid Mellers

Label
Francis Poulenc
Title
Francis Poulenc
Statement of responsibility
Wilfrid Mellers
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Once considered as little more than the froth in the wake of the First World War, a witty boy-hedonist who, in the giddy Twenties, tweaked the noses of moribund establishmentarians, Poulenc has in fact proved unexpectedly durable--more so than any of his colleagues among Les Six, including those who developed more grandiose ambitions. Here is a survey of Poulenc's music, based on careful selection of his works, and written by an authoritative guide. After placing Poulenc in the context of French life and society after the First World War and considering him in relation to his masters and mentors, especially Satie and Chabrier, Mellers turns to Poulenc's Diaghilev ballet, Les Biches, to important sequels to it, such as Concert champetre and Aubade, and to works of transition, such as the Concerto for two pianos and orchestra. The next section discusses the "social" music of Poulenc's middle years--especially the music for piano (for Poulenc a domestic instrument), written during the Thirties, and the centrality of song in his work; some account is offered of his relationship with his main poets, Guillaume Apollinaire, Paul Eluard, and Louise de Vilmorin. Mellers next considers the impact on Poulenc of the Second World War, especially as manifest in the great choral work Quatre Motets de Penitence and the Organ Concerto. Adopting a broadly chronological approach, Mellers traces Poulenc's development as a composer from enfant terrible to a mature composer both for secular society and for the liturgy of the Catholic Church; in so doing he points to the reasons for the durability and pertinacity of his appeal. Mellers further assesses Poulenc's place in the French tradition, and, in a Postlude, pays tribute to the warm regard with which Poulenc was held by so many of his fellow musicians." -- Publisher's description
Member of
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1914-2008
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mellers, Wilfrid
Dewey number
  • 780/.92
  • B
Illustrations
music
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.P787
LC item number
M44 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Oxford studies of composers
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Poulenc, Francis
Label
Francis Poulenc, Wilfrid Mellers
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Poulence el la jeunesse -- Poulence et le reve pastoral -- Poulence, le danse, et la Belle France -- Poulence, la voix, et l'amour -- Poulence, la guerre, et la mort -- Poulence au theare: La Chair et le Bon Dieu -- Poulence entre l'eglise et la salle de concert -- Poulence le bonhomme: Le Conservatisme et l'enfrance
Control code
ocm28064007
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvii, 186 pages
Isbn
9780198163374
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
93004412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
music
System control number
(OCoLC)28064007
Label
Francis Poulenc, Wilfrid Mellers
Publication
Note
Includes indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Poulence el la jeunesse -- Poulence et le reve pastoral -- Poulence, le danse, et la Belle France -- Poulence, la voix, et l'amour -- Poulence, la guerre, et la mort -- Poulence au theare: La Chair et le Bon Dieu -- Poulence entre l'eglise et la salle de concert -- Poulence le bonhomme: Le Conservatisme et l'enfrance
Control code
ocm28064007
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvii, 186 pages
Isbn
9780198163374
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
93004412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
music
System control number
(OCoLC)28064007

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