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Francis Poulenc, the Man and His Songs Pierre Bernac

Francis Poulenc, the Man and His Songs

Pierre Bernac

Published December 12th 1977
ISBN : 9780393021967
Hardcover
233 pages
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 About the Book 

In 1935 the French baritone Pierre Bernac formed a duo with the composer Francis Poulenc that became a legend throughout the world. Unprecedented in the history of music, it was the first duo in which the singer and pianist were perceived as equals.MoreIn 1935 the French baritone Pierre Bernac formed a duo with the composer Francis Poulenc that became a legend throughout the world. Unprecedented in the history of music, it was the first duo in which the singer and pianist were perceived as equals. It lasted for 25 years and was a determining influence on Poulencs vocal output: more than two thirds of his songs were written especially for Bernac to sing. Bernacs general book on the French repertoire, The Interpretation of French Song, has long been the standard and indispensable work on its subject. In Francis Poulenc - The Man and his Songs, first published in 1977, he gives us the fruit of his long association with Poulenc, paying moving tribute to the composer both as a man and a musician, and providing detailed analyses of every piano-accompanied song that Poulenc wrote. Each of the 137 poems is annotated for pronunciation, with a line-for-line translation into English by Winifred Radford, who also translated the text of the book. The discussion of each song is preceded by a brief biographical note on the poet and a description of Poulencs own attitude towards both poet and poem. Bernac aimed in this book to pass on his personal understanding of the songs of Francis Poulenc as well as a little of their mutual experience in interpreting and performing them. He has thereby left a unique record whose importance cannot be overestimated.