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Souvenirs

extrait de la musique de scene pour << Le Voyageur sans bagages >>

By Francis Poulenc

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Cello and Piano - intermediate
Extrait de la musique de scene pour << Le Voyageur sans bagages >>. Composed by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). Classical. Book with Part. Composed 2016. 5 pages. Editions Salabert #SLB 00595900. Published by Editions Salabert (BT.SLB-00595900).

Item Number: BT.SLB-00595900

INSSTR inches. Francais.

A previously unreleased piece by Francis Poulenc, published with permission from the Bibliotheque Historique de la Ville de Paris and Benoit Seringe, secretary of the Association des amis de Francis Poulenc [Association of the Friends ofFrancis Poulenc]. Le Voyageur sans bagage [The Traveller Without Luggage], which had been premiered in 1937 with music by Darius Milhaud, was reprised on 1 April 1944 at the Theatre de la Michodiere; Francis Poulenc was asked to compose new stage music. Theentire unpublished score lay undiscovered until Berengere de l'Epine, a librarian at the Bibliotheque Historique de la Ville de Paris, announced the existence of a manuscript in the Association de la Regie Theatrale collection.Poulenc finalised the score between 19 and 21 March 1944. It contains nine songs, all written for a small instrumental ensemble including oboe, clarinet, cello and piano. However, at the end of the manuscript, the composer echoes the second song - Lent [Slow] - and creates another version for cello and piano; curiously, the original version of the song has not been erased in the manuscript. Poulenc seems to suggest that we consider the piece for cello and piano, that we have publishedhere, as a different piece of music. It was premiered on Wednesday 23 January 2013 by Marc Coppey, accompanied by Jean-Francois Heisser, in the organ auditorium of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), during thesymposium for the fiftieth anniversary of Poulenc's death.Given in a dramatic context, some elements allow us to get an idea of the character of the piece, which Benoit Seringe, Poulenc's beneficiary, judiciously chose to name Souvenirs.The main character of Anouilh's play, Gaston, is suffering from amnesia at the end of World War One. Several families try to claim him; they want him to be their missing relative. The Renaud family prove to be particularly stubborn, but Gaston doesnot recognize himself in the child and young man they depict: a ruthless and violent person. In Act 1 Scene 3, left alone for a moment, overwhelmed by the story of the "old Gaston" that is gradually coming to light, and outraged by the desire ofthose around him to appropriate him (to the detriment of the person he would like to be from now on), he whispers these words: "You all have proof, photographs that look like me, memories as clear as day... I've listened to you all and it's slowlycausing a hybrid person to rise up in me; a person in which there is a piece of each of your sons and nothing of me." Poulenc chose to place the second piece from his stage music score as these words are spoken.He borrowed part of the material, as he often did, from an earlier composition. In this particular case, the beginning is a recycled version of the "slow and melancholic" section from L'Histoire de Babar , composed between 1940 and 1945, andpremiered in 1946 (unless it is Babar that reuses the musical idea from Voyageur ).The eponymous elephant decides to leave in search of the great forest. He embraces the old lady, promises her he will return and reassures her that he will never forget her. Left alone, the old lady, feeling sad and pensive, wonders when she'll seeher friend Babar again. The situation is similar to that in Voyageur sans bagage: solitude, sadness, a distressing and introspective time, fear of oblivion, the presence of memories...

A previously unreleased piece by Francis Poulenc, published with permission from the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris and Benoît Seringe, secretary of the Association des amis de Francis Poulenc [Association of the Friends of Francis Poulenc].

Le Voyageur sans bagage [The Traveller Without Luggage], which had been premiered in 1937 with music by Darius Milhaud, was reprised on 1 April 1944 at the Théâtre de la Michodière; Francis Poulenc was asked to compose new stage music. The entire unpublished score lay undiscovered until Bérengère del’Épine, a librarian at the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, announced the existence of a manuscript in the Association de la Régie Théâtrale collection. Poulenc finalised the score between 19 and 21 March 1944. It contains nine songs, all written for a small instrumental ensemble including Oboe, Clarinet, Cello and Piano. However, at the end of the manuscript, the composer echoes the second song – Lent [Slow] – and creates another version for Cello and Piano; curiously, the original version of the song has not been erased in the manuscript. Poulenc seems to suggest that we consider the piece for Cello and Piano, that we have published here, as a different piece of music. It was premiered on Wednesday 23 January 2013 by Marc Coppey, accompanied by Jean-François Heisser, in the organ auditorium of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), during the symposium for the fiftieth anniversary of Poulenc’s death. Given in a dramatic context, some elements allow us to get an idea of the character of the piece, which Benoît Seringe, Poulenc’s beneficiary, judiciously chose to name Souvenirs. The main character of Anouilh’s play, Gaston, is suffering from amnesia at the end of World

Piece inedite de Francis Poulenc, publiee avec l'autorisation de la Bibliotheque historique de la ville de Paris et de Benoit Seringe, secretaire de l'Association des Amis de Francis Poulenc.Le 1er avril 1944, Le Voyageur sans bagage d'Anouilh, qui avait ete cree en 1937 avec de la musique de Darius Milhaud, est repris au Theatre de la Michodiere. Francis Poulenc a ete sollicite afin d'ecrire une nouvelle musique de scene. On ignoraittout de cette partition inedite, jusqu'au jour ou Berengere de l'Epine, conservateur a la Bibliotheque historique de la ville de Paris, nous signala l'existence d'un manuscrit dans le fonds de l'Association de la Regie theatrale.Poulenc mit au point sa partition entre le 19 et le 21 mars 1944. Elle comprend neuf numeros, tous ecrits pour un petit effectif instrumental reunissant un hautbois, une clarinette, un violoncelle et un piano.Cependant, a la fin de son manuscrit, le compositeur reprend le no 2 Lent et en donne une seconde version, pour violoncelle et piano. Curieusement, la version originale de ce numero n'est pas biffee dans le manuscrit.Poulenc semble nous inviter a considerer comme un morceau distinct cette piece pour violoncelle et piano dont nous proposons ici l'edition. Elle a ete creee par Marc Coppey, accompagne de Jean-Francois Heisser, lors du concert donne durant lecolloque organise pour le cinquantenaire du deces de Poulenc, le mercredi 23 janvier 2013, salle d'orgue du Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP).Quelques elements sur le contexte dramatique permettront de se faire une idee du caractere du morceau, que Benoit Seringe, ayant droit Poulenc, a judicieusement choisi d'intituler Souvenirs.Le personnage principal de la piece d'Anouilh, Gaston, a ete retrouve amnesique a la fin de la Premiere Guerre Mondiale. Plusieurs familles le reclament. On veut voir en lui un parent disparu. Les Renaud se montrent particulierement tenaces ; maisGaston ne parvient a se reconnaitre dans l'enfant et le jeune homme dont on lui trace le portrait : un etre violent et sans scrupule. Au tableau 3 de l'acte I, reste seul un moment, ecrase par l'histoire de cet autre lui-meme qu'il decouvre peu apeu, indigne par le desir des personnes qui l'entourent de le ramener a elles au detriment de celui qu'il voudrait etre desormais, il se murmure ces paroles : << Vous avez tous des preuves, des photographies ressemblantes, des souvenirs precis commedes crimes... je vous ecoute tous et je sens surgir peu a peu derriere moi un etre hybride ou il y a un peu de chacun de vos fils et rien de moi >>...C'est sur ces mots que Poulenc a choisi de placer le no 2 de sa partition de musique de scene.Comme il le fait souvent, il emprunte a une composition anterieure une part de son materiau. Dans ce cas precis, il reutilise pour le debut du morceau la section << Lent et melancolique >> de l'Histoire de Babar, composee entre 1940 et 1945, creee en1946 (a moins que ce ne soit Babar qui reutilise l'idee musicale du Voyageur). Le heros-elephant s'est decide a partir pour retrouver la grande foret. Il a embrasse la vieille dame, lui a promis de revenir, l'a rassuree : jamais il ne l'oubliera.Restee seule, la vieille dame, triste et pensive, se demande quand elle reverra son ami Babar. La situation est similaire a celle du Voyageur sans bagage : solitude, tristesse, instantde trouble et de retour sur soi, crainte de l'oubli, presence des souvenirs...

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