from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Poulenc, Francis Jean Marcel 1899-1963. French composer and pianist whose works include the piano piece Trois Mouvements Perpétuels (1918) and the ballet Les Biches (1924).

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  • n. French pianist and composer (1899-1963)


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  • In the middle of all this sometimes difficult and complex music, there is a gorgeous hymnlike passage sung by a group of abolitionists, saintly yet with twinges of dissonance like that found in Poulenc’s choral music.

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  • That figure — the repeated open-voiced roulade outlining V7-I — sounds an awful lot like a stock gesture, but I've only ever run across it in Poulenc.

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  • The Poulenc is a curious hybrid of a piece that veers moodily through ferocious outbursts, typically Gallic wit and extended bouts of dark rumination.


  • On the plus side, our friend Mark Meyer noted in a comment that his computer's spellchecker keeps insisting that "Poulenc" should be "opulence."

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  • "He is one of the nicest people," says American soprano Maureen McKay, who premiered the role of Blanche de la Force in Mr. Bieito's staging of Poulenc's "The Dialogues of the Carmelites" this summer at Berlin's Komische Oper.

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  • Dialogue des Carmélites, a Poulenc opera based on a film scenario by Georges Bernanos, is perhaps the most well-known treatment.

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  • Asphodel Meadows is a setting of Poulenc's concerto for two pianos which explores love and death.

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  • By contrast, Benjamin Britten's Missa Brevis in D, sung by the women, suggested the quirky-sassy spikiness of the composer's French contemporary, Francis Poulenc.

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  • I have to sit up and listen to any band that lists Poulenc, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tod Browning's Freaks as influences!

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  • And though most of the works by Hector Berlioz, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel featured this season are in no way unexpected except, perhaps, in their number, scores by André Jolivet, Francis Poulenc, Edgard Varèse and Henri Vieuxtemps come as something of a surprise.

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