From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:
Your challenge for the weekend: name all six of Les Six.
Poulenc and Milhaud? That’s average.
Arthur Honegger? Good (unless you’re Swiss)….
Read on here.
Et en francais ici.
Auric, Tailleferre, Durey… – all there ?
Auric, Honegger, Durey, Tailleferre, Milhaud, and Poulenc.
It’s too bad they don’t include any Durey. His “Romance sans parole” from l’album des six would work well as clarinet/piano arrangement.
The pianist could have played the Romance sans paroles by Durey…
I’m surprised by the reference to colonialism, as if Poulenc wrote colonial music:
“…………. the kind of music people hummed as they went off to found new colonies.”
Durey was a stubborn individualist and his communist ideals hindered his career:
His music is not communist at all and in attractive Les Six style:
Only two of them are any good; namely Poulenc & Honegger.
I take from your statement that you’re obviously a better musician than Darius Milhaud… now proof, please.
Poulenc, Milhaud, Honegger, Auric, Durey, Tailleferre.
Try as I might, I can never remember Durey. I don’t think I have even ever heard anything by him. I guess it’s time to find some online.
It’s very unjust that Louis Durey should be so forgotten: a fine composer. I remember him as not being a very good salesman for his works: never talking on the radio or giving interviews, for example.
Add on Georges Auric, Louis Durey and Germaine Tailleferre… So easy!
From the article: “Francis Poulenc … the only one with a major opera to his credit” That’s surely silly, how about Milhaud’s “Christophe Colomb”, “Maximilien”, or “Bolivar” ? Great works, though underperformed…
I got five. Oddly, I remembered Durey whom nobody ever hears but forgot Auric.
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