Grandchildren and Grandparents Series No. 1
HUNGARIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
NOVEMBER 17, 2018
SATURDAY 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM
TALES IN MUSIC 1.
Poulenc: The History of Babar, the Little Elephant
from 6 years
Francis Poulenc, one of the noteworthy French composers in the 20th century, was a member of the composer group called „The Six”. He stated in his artistic creed that listening to music shall always be a source of joy. During the summer of 1940, he visited his nieces and nephews in a summer cottage in the country. The children of the house found the piano playing of their uncle boring, so took their book to him, the story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoffe, and asked to play the story on the piano. Poulenc obliged and freely improvised to the story. Later he wrote down the music from his memories, and the composition for a narrator and piano was born. He dedicated it to his eleven cousins, all of whom he listed by name. In 1962, the composer Jean Francaix transcribed it for an orchestra with the consent of and satisfaction to Poulenc. The history of Babar has become the most often performed and most popular composition of Poulenc.