Dranoff continues to celebrate the work of great LGBTQ Artists in September which is PRIDE month.
Francis Poulenc’s Concerto Pour Deux Pianos is a standard in the catalog of two piano works. Dranoff required it in several of the past competitions, always to the delight of audiences where it received standing ovations in every performance.
Poulenc was largely self-educated. His family denied his desire to study music, wanting him to carry on the family business. He found support under the tutelage of Erik Satie, and friendships in “Les Six” a group of young avant grade French composers. Their music was a reaction against the musical styles of both Wagner and the Impressionists Debussy and Ravel.
His compositions spanned works for orchestra, chamber music, ballet and religious music. An accomplished pianist, he was particularly brilliant as an accompanist and song composer. His later focus on choral works and opera reflects his growth from the irreverent young composer of light hearted works to the man with great compassion for human suffering.
The roaring 20’s in France was filled with the great lights of the Arts, and Poulenc moved in this world where they inspired each other and continue to enrich our lives a century later.
Today I want to share with you the Poulenc 2 piano concerto, but also how PIANO SLAM interweaves classical music with current poetry to inspire the musical pursuits of young people. This performance by Duo Yoo and Kim and poet Lenelle Moise is actually one of my personal favorites. I would love to know what you think.
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation