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

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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
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 CDA66147 track 25
Fêtes galantes
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 25
    Release date: January 1989
    Deletion date: August 2008
    Superseded by CDH55366
  2. Poulenc: Voyage à Paris (CDH55366)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: June 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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