The Story of Babar

Claire-Marie Le Guay | Vladislav Galard


Francis Poulenc
TEXT Jean de Brunhoff
PIANIST Claire-Marie Le Guay
NARRATOR Vladislav Galard


    FRANCIS POULENC (1899 - 1963)
    Nocturne n° 1
    Nocturne n° 2 « Bal des jeunes filles »
    Nocturne n° 4 « Bal fantôme »
    Nocturne n° 5 « Phalènes »
    Nocturne n° 7
    Nocturne n° 8

    ROBERT SCHUMAN (1810 - 1856)
    Scènes d’enfant op. 15 ( extrait ) - Gens et pays étrangers
    Carnaval op. 9 ( extrait ) - Papillons
    Fantasiestücke op. 12 ( extrait ) - Warum ?

    Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant 

This classic of children’s music was born out of unexpected yet endearing circumstances. In the summer of 1940, just after being mobilized for military service, Francis Poulenc visited his cousins in Brive-la-Gaillarde. While playing a piece on the piano, the children of the family removed his score and replaced it with a book, shouting: "Play us this!" The book was The Story of Babar. Poulenc played along with the children’s game, and began to improvise on the stories in the book. At the end of the war, the composer, thinking fondly back to the event, decided to give it more constructed form and made an entire work, with the success that we all know. Following the text of the story as closely as possible, Poulenc delivers music that is evocative, tender and remarkably subtle, that immediately captures and keeps one’s attention and emotions. It is the original version for piano that has been chosen for this concert aimed for all ages. 

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  • January 2019
    • Friday 18 at 20:00
    • Saturday 19 at 11:00
    • Saturday 19 at 16:00
Price Family
From 5€ to 10€
1h approximately without intermission

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