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Poulenc, Francis locked

  • Myriam Chimènes
  •  and Roger Nichols

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(b Paris, 7 Jan 1899; d Paris, 30 Jan 1963). French composer and pianist. During the first half of his career the simplicity and directness of his writing led many critics away from thinking of him as a serious composer. Gradually, since World War II, it has become clear that the absence from his music of linguistic complexity in no way argues a corresponding absence of feeling or technique; and that while, in the field of French religious music, he disputes supremacy with Messiaen, in that of the ...

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Schweizerische Musikzeitung/Revue musicale suisse
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Revue musicale