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Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano Op.43

Francis Poulenc (b. 1899 - d. 1963)

Peter Whelan

Peter Whelan

Composer
Francis Poulenc (b. 1899 - d. 1963)
Composition Year
1926
Work Movements
1. Lent - Presto
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondo - Très vif
Artists
Olga Solovieva [piano], Peter Whelan [bassoon], Ivan Podyomov [oboe]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

Poulenc has had an uneven press over the years. He was vilified by the post-1945 avant-garde as regressive and many who should have known better described him as a minor figure, who wrote diverting but insubstantial music. However a closer look at his oeuvre reveals depths and beauties that perhaps escape the casual glance. Also his writing is incredibly accomplished and completely idiomatic for each instrument. Wind players in particular should be grateful for the substantial body of chamber music that he wrote for them.

I’ve worked on it a lot. It’s in a style new to me yet at the same time it is very Poulenc. So wrote the composer in 1924 to one of his friends describing his long labour on the Trio. It is one of his first pieces to reveal his stylistic diversity – raw good humour, tenderness and even seriousness are to be found here side by side. The opening bars contain a deliberate recollection of the French Overture style then spiced up with astringent harmonies in Stravinsky’s manner. The song-like elegance of the Andante is followed by the high spirits of the Finale. It was premiered in May 1926, his earliest plans for the piece went back to 1921.

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Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano Op.43

Composer: Francis Poulenc (b. 1899 - d. 1963)
Performance date: Saturday 7th July 2012
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Francis Poulenc (b. 1899 - d. 1963)
Work Title Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano Op.43
Composition Year 1926
Work Movements 1. Lent - Presto
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondo - Très vif
Artist(s) Olga Solovieva [piano], Peter Whelan [bassoon], Ivan Podyomov [oboe]
Performance Date Saturday 7th July 2012
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Finale
Duration 00:12:25
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Trio
Instrumentation ob, bn, pf
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Poulenc has had an uneven press over the years. He was vilified by the post-1945 avant-garde as regressive and many who should have known better described him as a minor figure, who wrote diverting but insubstantial music. However a closer look at his oeuvre reveals depths and beauties that perhaps escape the casual glance. Also his writing is incredibly accomplished and completely idiomatic for each instrument. Wind players in particular should be grateful for the substantial body of chamber music that he wrote for them.

I’ve worked on it a lot. It’s in a style new to me yet at the same time it is very Poulenc. So wrote the composer in 1924 to one of his friends describing his long labour on the Trio. It is one of his first pieces to reveal his stylistic diversity – raw good humour, tenderness and even seriousness are to be found here side by side. The opening bars contain a deliberate recollection of the French Overture style then spiced up with astringent harmonies in Stravinsky’s manner. The song-like elegance of the Andante is followed by the high spirits of the Finale. It was premiered in May 1926, his earliest plans for the piece went back to 1921.