Chester Music

CH02076

Poulenc: Suite for Piano

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    1. Composer: Francis Poulenc
    2. Instrumentation: Piano
    3. ISBN: 978-0-7119-5451-9
    4. Size: 9 x 12.0 inches
    5. Pages: 14

    In January 1920, the critic Henri Collet named Poulenc and five composing friends 'Le Groupe des Six', by analogy with the Russian Five. It was a convenient label for publicity purposes and Jean Cocteau, as their self-appointed spokesman, was quick to capitalise on the possibilities. But each of the Six always insisted that the group was just a collection of friends, with no communal musical aims. As it happened, Poulenc's Suite For Piano and Impromptus for piano fit Cocteau's prescription quite well – they are clear, light-hearted and entertaining.