excerpt from 'Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc' pp. 65 (163 words)

excerpt from 'Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc' pp. 65 (163 words)

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Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc

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In Paris nothing much is going on. There were the Wiéner concerts. The first one was entirely Stravinsky and included the Octet, which I had not heard before. The second was devoted to Milhaud and Falla, with Le Retable and two new things by Milhaud, one of which, his Symphony with Voices, sounded just like a 'first draft' of La Création (one of the themes is there almost in its entirety). This symphony is in fact very fine - I liked it a lot. The oboe is used to clever advantage and sounds most effective. As for the Octet, I was not as 'carried away' as I would have expected to be. It is true that I had Koechlin next to me curbing and restraining my enthusiasm. I nevertheless did have the feeling of something 'very good' and I am sure it is a marvellous work. Apart from that, there are no musical events worth going out of one's way for. 

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