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Poulenc: Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings

Poulenc: Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings

50.00

496 words
note by Chris Myers

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Excerpt:

In 1936, the death of his friend Pierre-Octave Ferroud left Poulenc in a deep depression, and he went on a pilgrimage to the Black Virgin of Rocamadour. This journey led him to rediscover his Christian faith and had a profound effect on Polignac’s organ piece. Poulenc immersed himself in an extensive study of church music, focusing particularly on the works of J.S. Bach and Dieterich Buxtehude, influences which are readily apparent in the new piece.
 
The Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings showcases a side of Poulenc’s personality that had rarely surfaced in prior works. The wit and humor are still present, to be sure, but there is a sincerity that sets it apart.

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