Diary of My Songs

Diary of My Songs

Paperback Language: English / French

By (author) Francis Poulenc, By (author) W. Radford, Foreword by Graham Johnson

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  • Publisher: KAHN & AVERILL
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Language: English / French
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 10mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1871082862
  • ISBN 13: 9781871082869
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 7 half tones
  • Sales rank: 612,049

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Many of Francis Poulenc's songs are verses by 20th-century French poets set to music, and this diary is an answer to what the composer felt were frequent misinterpretations of his work. To set the record straight, Poulenc describes the origins of each song, comments on performances, offers guidelines for interpretation of his work, and discusses his methods for arranging vocal music. In this new edition of the diary, the original French text and the English translation appear on facing pages, and a bibliography, a discography, and extensive notes are included.

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Francis Poulenc was a French composer of chamber music, concertos, opera, and songs whose best-known works include Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani in G Minor. Graham Johnson is the author of A French Song Companion. Winifred Radford was an English soprano and vocal teacher and the translator of The Interpretation of French Song and Francis Poulenc: The Man and His Songs.