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Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon, FP122
composer
September to October 1943
author of text
Les yeux d'Elsa

Recordings
'Poulenc: The Complete Songs' (CDA68021/4)
Poulenc: The Complete Songs
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'Poulenc: Voyage à Paris' (CDH55366)
Poulenc: Voyage à Paris
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Details
No 1: C  J'ai traversé les ponts de Cé
No 2: Fêtes galantes  On voit des marquis sur des bicyclettes

Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon, FP122
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The songs were composed at the end of the summer of 1943. Someone brought the composer the first edition of Les yeux d’Elsa (published wisely in Switzerland) by Louis Aragon (with his wife Elsa cast in a Nusch-like role of inspiratrice). Poulenc would have skipped the pontifications of the thirty-one page preface and noted a sequence of night-poems, including La nuit de Dunkerque where the uncompromising and self-regarding guardian of Communist party purity turns chansonnier in time of war. Fêtes galantes follows on page 49 and C on page 55. The composer had known Aragon (1897–1982), uncomfortable surrealist colleague of Éluard, since his teens, but his poetry is not Poulenc’s normal stamping ground. As in Miroirs brûlants he conceived a twin-set where a deeply serious song is followed by a helter-skelter scherzo.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013

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Details for CDA68021/4 disc 2 track 20
Fêtes galantes
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-13-02220
Duration
1'04
Recording date
12 May 2011
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
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    Disc 2 Track 20
    Release date: October 2013
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