Francis Poulenc: L’une d’avril

Written by Mary Claire Curran

Writer & Soprano

April 4, 2019

L’une d’avril (April Moon) is the very last song French composer, Francis Poulenc, ever wrote from his song cycle, La courte paille (The Short Straw). The song voices the concern of parents for the violence of the modern world. He composed the work in 1960 during the time of nuclear disarmament and demonstrations banning nukes. I personally love the colors used in the song and its haunting ending.

Mary Claire Curran

Mary Claire (MC) Curran is a Writer and Editorial Associate for Classical Singer Magazine as well as the creator of the music blog, Classical Concrete, which features a monthly Spotify playlist. She is a soprano, a skilled conversationalist and loves meeting new people. She lives in NYC.

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