The poems are taken from different books of Moréas’s Stances (1899–1901). The fact that Poulenc’s four songs were chosen from Stances Books 3–7 suggests that the composer used a collection, published in 1901 (belonging to his parents perhaps), that prints only the last five of those once-celebrated seven books. Air romantique is Book 7 No 4; Air champêtre is Book 6 No 1; Air grave is Book 3 No 8; Air vif is Book 5 No 1. Poulenc clearly hunted assiduously for his prey.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013
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