A member of Les Six, French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) was largely self-taught. Through his entire career, he preferred writing for voice and produced little symphonic music that was not theatrical in purpose. He wrote three operas, Dialogues of the Carmelites about martyred nuns in the French Revolution being staged most often. He also produced exquisite religious music, including Stabat Mater, about Mary watching Jesus' crucifixion and a setting of the Gloria.
Biography, complete files offered in MIDI, MP3, and Windows Media audio formats, including live recordings of featured artists.
Biography including links to related people, photograph, and selected discography from the Classical Net Basic Repertoire List.
Catalogue of freely downloadable MP3 audio files and links to related resources from Classic Cat.
Wikipedia entry with summary information, detailed biography, internal links to related topics and people, and list of works.
Find A Grave entry with birth and death dates, photographs at different ages, pictures of tomb and cemetery, and interactive memorial.
Filmography at IMDb lists movies and television shows based on or otherwise using his compositions.
Brief summary of life and influences with comments on stage works, orchestral, choral and vocal, chamber, and piano music. Includes HNH/Naxos discography and caricature.
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