MUSICAL MANUSCRIPT autograph signed "Francis Poulenc", Trois Chansons de Federico Garcia Lorca, 1947; Italian-style notebook: 1 title page and 8 pages oblongin-fol. (24 x 33 cm).
Complete manuscript of this cycle of three melodies on poemsby Garcia Lorca.
Composed in his house in Noizay during the summer of 1947, this cycle of three melodies [FP 136] on poems by Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), translated into French by Félix Gattegno, was premiered by Pierre Bernac and the composer, Salle Gaveau, on November 12, 1947, and published the same month by Heugel. In August, Poulenc wrote to Bernac: "The three very subtle Lorca's give me trouble but I'll get out of it. The first one, which hardly modulates, is something for me like Ingénus for Debussy (minus the genre). [...] The whole is written in low pitch so that Gérard [Souzay] can sing them". On September 1, when he sent them to Bernac, he commented: "It's quite new writing (without an understudy). ...] it must give something mysterious and diaphanous. ...] The third (Chanson de l'oranger sec) is a Sarabande !!!! The second one is a Plazza Clichy, as Satie used to say ". In 1943 Poulenc had written a sonata for violin and piano dedicated to the memory of