Poulenc, Francis. (1899-1963)

Calligrammes. Sept melodies sur des poems de Guillaume Apollinaire.

Paris: Heugel & Cie. . [1948]. First edition. Upright folio. Piano-vocal score. Title; 2-24 pp. [PN] H.31.257-262. Small abrasion upper right cover corner, toned, otherwise in crisp, very fine condition. FP 140. Schmidt 1a.

This cycle was composed while Poulenc stayed with his sister at Le Tremblay. The first performance was a private event in October of 1948 at the home of Marie-Blanche de Polignac. The composer's settings of Apollinaire's "poems in the form of pictures," a feature which by necessity is lost once the text is fitted to musical notation. (9168)

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