Darius Milhaud in London - July, 1920

from Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc, page 37:

We spent some appaling days working with Jean [Cocteau]. Everything was done in ten days and this caused a lot of trouble. Fortunately the Coliseum is a vast music-hall with marvellous stage-hands. The fan was set up for the first time on Monday at a quarter past twelve; we had never rehearsed with it before and yet everything went smoothly. 

cite as

Francis Poulenc, and Sidney Buckland (ed.), Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc (:London, 1991), p. 37. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1481799874220 accessed: 25 April, 2024

location of experience: London


Darius Milhaud

Listening to

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'Le Boeuf sur le toit'
written by Darius Milhaud
performed by Swiss clown Grock, Ruth Draper, Gertrude Lawrence

Experience Information

Date/Time July, 1920
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Milhaud and Cocteau were in London to attend rehearsals of their show 'Le Boeuf sur le toit' which opened at the Coliseum on 12 July 1920. Included in the London programme were turns by Gertrude Lawrence, Ruth Draper, and the Swiss clown Grock. 'Le Bouef sur le toit' had its origins in a score written by Milhaud on his return from Rio, based on a popular samba he had heard there, 'O Boi no Telhado'.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:04:34 +0000
Approved on Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:30:37 +0100