Francis Poulenc in Paris - 8 August, 1942

from Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc, page 129:

May I now defend Messager's orchestration of the Chopin. Apart from the fact that Désormière - excellent in my music - conducted it like a military march, one has to take into account the present complement of strings at the Opéra: disastrous whenever the woodwinds are playing in threes. In the pit on 8 August there were precisely ten first violins, seven second violins, six violas, six cellos and five double-basses. I know there were the holidays to contend with, but as the desks left empty by prisioners or Jews have never been filled, the music has seriously suffered.…   more >>

cite as

Francis Poulenc, and Sidney Buckland (ed.), Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc (:London, 1991), p. 129. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1483998598830 accessed: 22 September, 2017

location of experience: Paris

Listeners

Francis Poulenc
composer, pianist
1899-1963

Listening to

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Boléro
written by Maurice Ravel
performed by Roger Desormiere
Suite of dances with music
written by Fryderyk Chopin
performed by Roger Desormiere

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 August, 1942
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others, in public

Notes

Letter from Francis Poulenc to Charles Koechlin, Noizay, Indre-et-Loire, 18 August 1942. When 'Les Animaux modèles' opened at the Paris Opéra on 8 August 1942, the programme included Ravel's 'Boléro' and a suite of dances with music by Chopin, orchestrated by the conductor and composer André Messager (1853-1929).


Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:49:59 +0000
Approved on Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:47:43 +0100