Francis Poulenc in Paris - May, 1927

from Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc, page 83:

I could not find anything to say to you last night to express my enthusiasm. I feel it will be the same tonight. Yet I desperately want you to know into what state of superior emotion I was plunged last night. Your art has reached such a height that it would need the language of Sophocles himself to describe it. Heavens, how beautiful it is! Allow me to embrace you. Which is a rare honour for me. 

cite as

Francis Poulenc, and Sidney Buckland (ed.), Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc (:London, 1991), p. 83. accessed: 25 May, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Francis Poulenc
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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Oedipus Rex
written by Igor Stravinksy
performed by Igor Stravinksy

Experience Information

Date/Time May, 1927
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Letter from Francis Poulenc to Igor Stravinsky, [30 May 1927]. Stravinsky's oratorio Oedipus Rex had its première on 30 May 1927 at the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt in Paris, with Stravinsky conducting. The libretto, based on the tragedy of Sophocles, was a Latin translation of a text by Cocteau.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:54:21 +0000
Approved on Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:32:06 +0100