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Calligrammes, FP140
composer
May to August 1948; Sept mélodies sur des poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire
author of text
Calligrammes, 1913-1916; subtitled Poèmes de la Paix et de la Guerre; published April 1918

Recordings
'Poulenc: The Complete Songs' (CDA68021/4)
Poulenc: The Complete Songs
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'Poulenc: The Complete Songs, Vol. 3' (SIGCD272)
Poulenc: The Complete Songs, Vol. 3
SIGCD272  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Poulenc: Voyage à Paris' (CDH55366)
Poulenc: Voyage à Paris
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55366  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
No 1: L'espionne  Pâle espionne de l’Amour
No 2: Mutation  Une femme qui pleurait
No 3: Vers le sud  Zénith
No 4: Il pleut
No 5: La grâce exilée  Va-t’en va-t’en mon arc-en-ciel
No 6: Aussi bien que les cigales  Gens du midi gens du midi
No 7: Voyage  Adieu Amour nuage qui fuit et n'a pas chu pluie féconde

Calligrammes, FP140
Calligrammes is work inspired by war. This was Poulenc’s last Apollinaire cycle, written in 1948, although the composer had known these poems since they had first appeared in 1918—he bought his copy of the sumptuous large-format first edition (published by Mercure de France, with a drawing by Picasso of the poet, a war-hero with a bandaged head) in Adrienne Monnier’s bookshop. How extraordinary and exciting these ‘calligrammes’ (drawn poems, poems-in-pictures, bold experiments in typography) must have seemed in 1918! The poet had written (and designed) this collection between 1913 and 1916; they recount one man’s reactions, a poet in his mid-thirties and in love (when was Apollinaire not in love?) as he survived from day to day through emotional vicissitudes and a cruel and senseless war. The collection’s subtitle (‘Poèmes de la Paix et de la Guerre’) emphasizes that before, and even during, Apollinaire’s time at the front he experienced—and remembered—times of repose and delight. These poems germinated in Poulenc’s brain for thirty years during which time he burnished his skills with regard to composing Apollinairian music, eventually ready to tackle, as he put it, ‘the culmination of a whole range of experiments in setting Apollinaire’. The composition of Calligrammes was also a massive exercise in nostalgia for the composer as he returned to a time in his youth, the spring of 1918, when he bought a copy of these poems in Paris as he himself prepared to leave for the front. Nineteen years younger than Apollinaire, Poulenc could at least claim to have participated, even if only at the margins, in the same war as his beloved poet.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013

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Details for CDA66147 track 5
Voyage
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-86-14705
Duration
3'04
Recording date
16 February 1984
Recording venue
St George the Martyr, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Poulenc: Voyage à Paris (CDA66147)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: January 1989
    Deletion date: August 2008
    Superseded by CDH55366
  2. Poulenc: Voyage à Paris (CDH55366)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: June 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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