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Celebrating Creativity and Francis Poulenc!

Updated: May 1, 2021

"Creativity is intelligence having fun" - Albert Einstein.

As an artist, it is important to experiment, reinvent, explore, and not be afraid of making mistakes. In this short project, I decided to explore simple ideas of using a green screen to create a more artistic and light-hearted video, while celebrating the life of French composer Francis Poulenc.

Valse in C major, FP. 17,

Here I perform Valse in C major, FP. 17, which is the fifth movement of the piano suite L'Album des Six. This piano suite was originally published in 1920 by Eugene Demts, and written by the members of the group of French composers known as Les Six.

This movement was also orchestrated by the composer in 1932.

The pieces of L'Album des Six and their composers are:

  • Georges Auric: Prélude (22 December 1919; dedicated to General Clapier).

  • Louis Durey: Romance sans paroles, Op. 21 (August 1919; dedicated to Ricardo Viñes).

  • Arthur Honegger: Sarabande, H 26 (January 1920).

  • Darius Milhaud: Mazurka (1914).

  • Francis Poulenc: Valse in C, FP 17 (July 1919; dedicated to Micheline Soulé).

  • Germaine Tailleferre: Pastorale, Enjoué (4 September 1919; dedicated to Milhaud).


Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include songs, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music.

As the only son of a prosperous manufacturer, Poulenc was expected to follow his father into the family firm, and he was not allowed to enroll at a music college. In his early works, Poulenc became known for his high spirits and irreverence. During the 1930s a much more serious side to his nature emerged, particularly in the religious music, he composed from 1936 onwards, which he alternated with his more light-hearted and humorous works.


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"Celebrating Creativity and Francis Poulenc!" by Piano Performance Arts Academy, LLC.

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