Francis Poulenc died sixty years ago on this date. His Sinfonietta, with Paavo Järvi conducting the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester on November 27, 2020.
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“I’m extremely susceptible visually, everything is an excuse for getting side-tracked, for frittering away my time. So I have to retire within myself and work in solitude […] However, I need happy sights, because since I’m very prone to sadness I tend to create what I see out of my own feelings […] When [I tell] you that I’ve composed my least bad music between eleven o’clock and midday, I think I’ve told you everything” (My Friends and Myself, Paris: 1963, London: 1978).