Francis Poulenc was quite gifted and modest. He was taught piano by his mother and soon found himself at the heart of the musical world of Paris. Music came easily to the young man, composing his famous Trois mouvements perpétuels at the age of nineteen. While he had some training with Charles Koechlin, for the most part Poulenc was self-taught. His music shows this easy grace and ability plus the composer's unique harmonies make for interesting listening.
On the Piano this Sunday a program from 1999 to celebrate the centennial of the composer's birth, the tunes are still graceful and poignant and the gift is always appreciated. The Musical life of Francis Poulenc on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI.
host, Randy Anderson