Francis poulenc black virgin
Still, it is difficult not to hear the song in the context of the time, particularly when it arrives at its wrenching conclusion:. The harmony then softens from minor to major, with a D-sharp adding an almost sentimental sweetness. Poulenc makes the prospect of apocalypse seem like a respite, a moment of grace. The sobs of the title hardly register, vanishing into a melancholy haze.
Francis Poulenc: Biography - Classic Cat
In times of trouble we turn to religion. Indeed, following the recent terrorist attacks American houses of worship reported a huge surge in attendance. For musical inspiration, nearly all the major classical composers included religious works among their significant output and left us a large body of masterpieces from which to chose. Each reflected the fundamental artistic personality of its creator. Thus, Bach's cantatas are devout reflections of the unity and ubiquity of the God who constantly guided his thoughts, Haydn's masses are animated by the same lusty life-affirming vigor as his symphonies and quartets, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis is firm and imposing, Schubert's masses are lyrical and songful, Verdi's Requiem is stormy and operatic, Janacek's Slavonic Mass is fiercely nationalistic and Stravinsky's Mass is lean and ascetic. Of course, as with every rule there are exceptions — Dvorak's music typically bounds with rural vitality, but his lovely Stabat Mater is meditative and pastoral throughout.
Organ Concerto (Poulenc)
Not surprisingly, this trend directly stemmed from events in the composer's life. Raised Catholic, Poulenc did not practice the faith seriously until his close friend Pierre-Octave Ferroud was killed in an auto accident in Deeply anguished by this, Poulenc proceeded to embark on a pilgrimage to Notre Dame de Rocamadour, a church in the mountains of southwestern France. The church -- which holds a statue of the Virgin carved in black stone -- has been a pilgrimage site for some nine centuries, and while there, Poulenc experienced a reconversion to Catholicism. The Litanies were the product of that experience.
He composed music in genres including art song , solo piano music, chamber music , oratorio , opera , ballet music , and orchestral music. Critic Claude Rostand, in a July Paris-Presse article, described Poulenc as "half monk, half delinquent" "le moine et le voyou" , a tag that was to be attached to his name for the rest of his career. Poulenc was born in Paris in His father Emile Poulenc was a second generation director of Poulenc and later Rhone-Poulenc chemical corporation. His mother, an amateur pianist, taught him to play and music formed a part of family life.