Jenny Poulenc was from a Parisian family with wide artistic interests. He later set many of their poems to music. I admired him madly, because, at this time, in , he was the only virtuoso who played Debussy and Ravel. There was a fashion for African arts in Paris at the time, and Poulenc was delighted to run across some published verses purportedly Liberian, but full of Parisian boulevard slang. He used one of the poems in two sections of the rhapsody. The baritone engaged for the first performance lost his nerve on the platform, and the composer, though no singer, jumped in.
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His notes on the composer, the music, the texts and translations and the different versions all came online. Stabta makes one think of a cycle of songs, with the slow parts forming the emotional center. A mental change was caused also by the deadly accident of a young composer friend.
After meeting the choreograph Diaghilev he composed the ballet Les Biches, an immediate success. I wish to thank the Dutch Stabat Mater Foundation which gave me the financial support in to renew this site! After this he managed the site by adding new composers and translations regularly. About the Stabat Mater Date: After his death I continued collecting the information and managing the site.
He chose the Stabat Mater instead of the Requiem, because the heart-rending text seemed suited to dedicate the soul of his friend to the holy Virgin of Rocamadour. His many choral works all date from after Francis Poulenc — was born in Paris. The twelve sections are built carefully around returning motifs in nrs 1, 6 matter Here I have brought something new and I expect that in the end people will be interested more in the Stabat Mater than in all my piano works.
It was composed in only two months, what Poulenc attributed to heavenly inspiration. This led Poulenc to making a pilgrimage to the black virgin of Rocamadour, where he experienced a spiritual revelation that returned him to his catholic religion.
At the time of his death in he had Stabat Maters.
Le Stabat Mater de Poulenc
1951, Strasbourg : Création du Stabat Mater de Francis Poulenc