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Banalités, FP107

October to November 1940
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Poulenc was very clear that he thought of this work as a set of songs, rather than a cycle. The composer put the words together for the set from two sources: poems (iii) and (v), long-time favourites, were taken from the main part of Il y a, that important posthumous collection (1925) of the poet’s works. Poulenc chanced on the texts for songs (ii) and (iv) in October 1940 as he nostalgically leafed through the literary reviews that he had collected in his adolescence: he alighted on Littérature for 8 October 1919 where five Apollinaire poems, (ii) and (iv) among them, were published under the title Banalités—so violà, now he had four poems to make a set and also a title. He now needed one more song with which to begin the cycle.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013


Poulenc: The Complete Songs
CDA68021/44CDs for the price of 3
Poulenc: Voyage à Paris


No 1: Chanson d'Orkenise  Par les portes d’Orkenise
Track 26 on CDA68021/4 CD3 [1'35] 4CDs for the price of 3
No 2: Hôtel  Ma chambre a la forme d'une cage
Track 27 on CDA68021/4 CD3 [1'52] 4CDs for the price of 3
Track 6 on CDH55366 [1'52]
No 3: Fagnes de Wallonie  Tant de tristesses plénières
Track 28 on CDA68021/4 CD3 [1'35] 4CDs for the price of 3
No 4: Voyage à Paris  Ah! la charmante chose
Track 29 on CDA68021/4 CD3 [0'56] 4CDs for the price of 3
Track 1 on CDH55366 [0'50]
No 5: Sanglots  Notre amour est réglé par les calmes étoiles
Track 30 on CDA68021/4 CD3 [4'30] 4CDs for the price of 3

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