Francis Poulenc - in the middle of the 1900's

from Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc, page 140:

That you have turned to music again fills me with joy. Yes, the andante of the Jupiter is the height of unbelievable perfection. It has everything: line, freshness, grandeur, and what orchestration!!! Try to follow the score so as to savour the writing for woodwind. After hearing that, one wonders why one bothers to compose at all. I have become so hard on myself that there are days when, had I total faith, I would close my piano and retire to a monastery. 

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Francis Poulenc, and Sidney Buckland (ed.), Selected correspondence 1915-1963 / Francis Poulenc (:London, 1991), p. 140. accessed: 20 July, 2024


Francis Poulenc
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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Symphony No. 41 in C major 'Jupiter', K 551
written by Mozart

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of the 1900's


Letter from Francis Poulenc to Comtesse Jean de Polignac, 27 July [1944].

Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:04:56 +0000
Approved on Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:46:35 +0100