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The “Monk and Hooligan” Poulenc

Francis Poulenc

It was one of Poulenc’s friends, the noted music critic Claude Rostand, who came up with the description that stuck: “le moine et le voyou.” That comment in a 1950 edition of Paris-Presse translated as “the monk and hooligan.” It was Rostand’s attempt at capturing the extremes in Poulenc’s musical personality. This is not to say the composer’s mind was chaos, only that it was his nature to shift

The Language of Pierre Boulez

Pierre

Just about everyone in the classical music world holds Mr. Boulez in the highest esteem, though some might add to that a hint of perplexity. Barbara Jepson in The Wall Street Journal put it this way,”[He is a] pioneering composer of thorny modernist works.” She then argues “Why Pierre Boulez’s Répons Is a Masterpiece.”

Coming to Ravinia, WFMT

Alain Lefevre

Whet your appetite for an evening at Ravinia by listening to WFMT. Thursday at 3:00 pm, Kerry Frumkin hosts music and conversation with Canadian pianist Alain Lefèvre. Lefèvre is in town to play a recital at Ravinia, which will be preceded by a a film screening of “The Lady in Number 6”