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.
This last year my life has changed rather dramatically with the arrival of my daughter Amélia. So when I was invited to contribute to the Song of the Day series, the natural theme that came to mind was exploring motherhood in song. So to kick off the week, here is Poulenc’s song cycle La Courte Paille, a set of lullabies and children’s songs that he dedicated to Denise Duval for her son, performed here by Felicity Lott and Pascal Rogé.
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