Francis Poulenc

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Birthday
7, 1899
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jan 30, 1963 (64)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
7, 1899
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jan 30, 1963 (64)

About

Versatile composer whose works included art song, solo piano, chamber, oratorio, choral, opera, ballet, and orchestral. He wrote "Le bestiaire, ou Le cortège d'Orphée" in 1917 as a cycle of melodies based on poems by Guillaume Apollinaire.

Before Fame

He was primarily self-taught. He received formal training from composer Charles Koechlin in 1921.

Trivia

He became a member of Les Six, a club comprised of young French and French-Swiss composers.

Family Life

His father was a director of a chemical corporation, while his mother was an amateur pianist.

Associated With

He first came to the attention of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, who played a role in getting his 1917 composition "Rapsodie Nègre" published in London.