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. 

cite as

Francis Poulenc, and Sidney Buckland (ed.), Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc (:London, 1991), p. 107. accessed: 27 September, 2023

location of experience: France


Francis Poulenc
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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Le Quatorze Juillet
written by Georges Auric, Charles KÅ“chlin, Daniel Lazarus, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Albert Roussel

Experience Information

Date/Time 1936
Medium live


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.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:09:26 +0000
Approved on Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:51:27 +0100