Francis Poulenc in France - 1936
from Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc, page 107:
To believe, Marie-Blanche, that I have no leftish leanings is to know very little about me. I thought I had long ago given proof that popular fronts are dear to me and I confess that what pleased me about Le Quatorze Juillet was really the audience. All this is very complicated.
Francis Poulenc, and Sidney Buckland (ed.), Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc (:London, 1991), p. 107. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1482498565711 accessed: 22 March, 2023
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Le Quatorze Juillet
written by Georges Auric, Charles Kœchlin, Daniel Lazarus, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Albert Roussel
The Popular Front Government celebrated its accession to power in 1936 by a gala theatrical performance of Romain Rolland's 1902 drama, 'Le Quatorze Juillet'. The composers commissioned to write the music for this patriotic pageant were Koechlin, Roussel, Honegger, Ibert, Auric, Milhaud and Daniel Lazarus.