Many of Poulenc's Apollinaire settings were found by the composer in the volume Il y a
(1925), a collection of Apollinaire’s youthful and unpublished verse, as well as a reprinting of poems that had been written for reviews and ephemeral publications. This kind of Apollinaire—youthful, casual, transparent—was a treasure trove for Poulenc, who found in Il y a
the Trois poèmes de Louise Lalanne (two poems of which are by Marie Laurencin) at the same time as working on these four songs (the first of which is dedicated to Laurencin).
from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013