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.
Francis Poulenc: La courte paille
author: Nicole Dalé Halton
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Nicole Dalé Halton is a French-Spanish-English linguist, who worked on the NYFOS staff for several years. Also a pianist and classically-trained soprano, she lives in Barcelona with her daughter Amélia.