Cello Sonata (Poulenc)

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Francis Poulenc completed his Sonate pour violoncelle et piano, FP[1] 143, in 1948. He first sketched it in 1940. It was dedicated to the French cellist Pierre Fournier,[2] who had helped with the technical aspects of the cello part, as the composer was unfamiliar with the instrument.[3]

The sonata is in four movements:

Each movement is in ternary form, having a contrasting middle section. The piece makes much use of Neo-Baroque and Neo-Classical styles.


  1. ^ FP refers to the chronological worklist found in Schmidt, Carl (1995): The music of Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) : a catalogue (Oxford: Clarendon Press), and is a cataloguing system, not a composer and/or publisher-applied opus number.
  2. ^ Libbey, T. (2006). The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music. Workman Publishing Company. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-7611-2072-8. 
  3. ^ Prieto, Carlos; Murray, Elena C.; Mutis, Alvaro (FRW), "The adventures of a cello", p. 263, University of Texas Press, 2006 ISBN 0-292-71322-3, ISBN 978-0-292-71322-2

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