COMPOSED BY

Francis Poulenc (January 1899 – January 1963)

DURATION

Approximately 9 minutes (total 3 movements)

Instrumentation

Brass Trio (French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone)

French Horn

SUMMARY OF THE COMPOSITION

Poulenc’s Sonata for Trumpet, Horn and Trombone is his second extant work of chamber music after the Sonata for two clarinets. This sonata resembles the fair music and conforms to the spirit of Les Six.

1

Allegro moderato

The first movement is a series of dance episodes. It is a joyful melody that resembles a children’s tune.

2

Andante

The second movement is a lullaby with a slower and vaguely melancholic air. It is a derivative of the first movement’s motifs.

3

Rondeau

The finale movement is a rondo with light-hearted dance music. It returns to the joyousness of the first movement but now, it is clouded with minor mode inflections.

WHO IS ... FRANCIS POULENC?

Suprising fun facts

  • His mother was a pianist.
  • Instead of attending a music education institution, he took private lessons in piano and composition.
  • He met the famous composer Darius Milla by accident at a young age. He asked for an autograph but was refused. A few years later, they became good friends. 
  • Since childhood, he felt special feelings towards Mozart’s music. He had preserved the impression for life.
  • He received his first musical instrument, a small toy piano, at two years old.

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