Francis Poulenc

french musician 1899-1963

Franck Ferraty, La musique pour piano de Francis Poulenc, ou le temps de l’ambivalence, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2009, 316 p. [F]

Erudite in style and drawing on a psychoanalytic approach, Franck Ferrati builds an interesting thesis. Early traumas, bipolar tendencies and a troubled libido are among the significant clues which may lead to a grasp of Poulenc’s personality and an understanding of his musical output. A second work “Poulenc à son piano: un clavier bien fantasmé” was published in 2011 and concentrates on the composer’s very particular aesthetic.