Students from Codarts will be showcasing Francis Poulenc in a piano marathon in the Jurriaanse Zaal of de Doelen. As a composer the eccentric twentieth-century Frenchman was all but self-taught. As he said himself, he simply followed his intuition when composing. This resulted in tonal compositions in which Poulenc’s talent for innovative, catchy melodies and his sense of light-footedness prevail.
Initially, Poulenc wrote airy, humourous piano music full of unexpected turns, such as the exuberant Sonata for piano à quattre-mains and the ‘perpetual’ yet rather short Trois mouvements perpétuels. After having lost a number of friends in the 1930s, his work became more serious in tone. One example of this is Mélancolie. Poulenc aficionados as well as those who are just curious can look forward to a fascinating and illustrious piano marathon.