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List of compositions by Francis Poulenc

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Catalogue of compositions
by Francis Poulenc
Francis Poulenc and Wanda Landowska.jpg
The composer and the harpsichordist Wanda Landowska in 1930
Composed1914 (1914)–1962
  • piano music
  • chamber music
  • songs
  • concertante and orchestral music
  • choral music
  • stage works

This is a list of works written by the French composer Francis Poulenc (1899–1963).

As a pianist, Poulenc composed many pieces for his own instrument in his piano music and chamber music. He wrote works for orchestra including several concertos, also three operas, two ballets, incidental music for plays and film music. He composed songs (mélodies), often on texts by contemporary authors. His religious music includes the Mass in G major, the Stabat Mater and Gloria.


Le Groupe des six, 1921 painting of members of the group Les Six by Jacques-Émile Blanche. The pianist Marcelle Meyer is surrounded by (left) Tailleferre, Milhaud and Honegger, (right) Poulenc, Jean Cocteau, Auric and Jean Wiener, while Durey is missing.[1]
Le Groupe des six, 1921 painting of members of the group Les Six by Jacques-Émile Blanche. The pianist Marcelle Meyer is surrounded by (left) Tailleferre, Milhaud and Honegger, (right) Poulenc, Jean Cocteau, Auric and Jean Wiener, while Durey is missing.[1]

The composer had written a catalogue of his works in 1921, which is reproduced in Schmidt's book.[2] According to this list, the first noted piece was in 1914 Processional pour la crémation d'un mandarin for piano, now lost or destroyed. Poulenc completed his last work, his Oboe Sonata, in 1962.

Piano, chamber music and songs

As a professional pianist, Poulenc wrote many pieces for his own instrument. He was a prolific writer of works of chamber music, often with piano, and some works for two pianos. Poulenc composed many songs (mélodies), most of them accompanied by piano, but some also in versions with a small instrumental ensembles, for example his Rapsodie nègre for baritone, flute, clarinet, string quartet and piano. He composed easily for woodwind instruments, scoring for example a piano trio with oboe and bassoon instead of the traditional violin and cello. Poulenc was less familiar with string instruments. The cellist Pierre Fournier helped him to write the Cello Sonata, which he premiered with the composer as the pianist.[3] Poulenc destroyed all sketches for string quartets and three for violin sonatas, while only the fourth one survived, but was received critically.[4]

Orchestra and stage

Among his works with orchestra are three operas, two ballet, incidental music for plays, film music and concertos, some with unusual solo instruments such as harpsichord and organ. The harpsichordist Wanda Landowska inspired the composition of the Concert champêtre.[5]

Collaboration in the group Les Six

Poulenc was a member of the group of composers Les Six, with Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud and Germaine Tailleferre, and contributed to their collective productions, which included another ballet.[1]

Sacred music and choral music

Poulenc turned to writing also religious music in the 1930s, composing a Mass in G major for a cappella choir. He composed the Stabat Mater in 1950 in memory of the painter Christian Bérard in 1950. The late Gloria for soprano, choir and orchestra became one of his best-known works.[6][7] He drew inspiration for his sacred compositions mostly from liturgical texts.


For his songs and song cycles, he often collaborated with contemporary poets, setting poems by writers such as Guillaume Apollinaire, Louis Aragon, Paul Éluard, Max Jacob, Federico García Lorca, and Louise de Vilmorin, whom he mentioned in titles. He further set poems by Louis Aragon, Théodore de Banville, Maurice Carême, Colette, Robert Desnos, Maurice Fombeure, Marie Laurencin, Madeleine Ley, François de Malherbe, Ronsard, Jean Moréas, Jean Nohain and Paul Valéry, among others. In 1943, during the occupation of France, a cantata Figure humaine on poems by Éluard which celebrate Liberté.[8]

List of works by FP number

The Music of Francis Poulenc (1899–1963): A Catalogue, abbreviated FP, is a chronological catalogue of Francis Poulenc's works which was published by Carl B. Schmidt in 1995. Schmidt provides for each known composition, which includes unfinished, unpublished and lost works, a detailed history of composition and performance, and lists manuscripts and publications.[9]

In the table, the works are initially listed by the FP number. Other information given is the French title, a translation if commonly used, the key, the scoring if not clear from the title, the year(s) of composition, the genre, text information, notes and a free score when available, and the page number in the catalogue. Abbreviations used are "rev." for "revised", "orch." for "orchestration", arr. for "arrangement" and "sc." for "score".[9]

In Genre, instrumental pieces are distinguished as orchestral and chamber music, particularly that for piano. The group of stage works contains operas, ballets and incidental music, while film scores are marked separately. Sacred and secular music for voice is divided in choral, for cantatas and motets, and vocal, holding songs and song cycles.

FP Year Title Genre Scoring Text Notes
1 1914 Processional pour la crémation d'un mandarin piano destroyed or lost
p. 11
2 1916 Préludes piano destroyed
3 1917,
(rev. 1933)
Rapsodie nègre vocal
  • baritone
  • flute
  • clarinet
  • string quartet
  • piano
Makoko Kangourou (Marcel Prouille and Charles Moulié) sc.
4 1917 Scherzo for two pianos Zèbre piano destroyed or lost (fragment)
5 1918 Trois Pastorales piano
6 1918 Poème sénégalais vocal
  • voice
  • string quartet
destroyed or lost
7 1919 Sonata for two clarinets chamber dedicated to Édouard Souberbielle · sc.
7b 1925 Sonata piano piano version of FP 7
8 1918,
(rev. 1939)
Sonata for piano 4 hands piano dedicated to Simone Tilliard · sc.
9 1918 Prélude-Percussion genre percussion destroyed or lost
10 1918 Le Jongleur piano destroyed or lost
11 1918,
(rev. 1932)
Toréador chanson hispano-italienne vocal
  • voice
  • piano
Jean Cocteau sc.
12 1918 Violin Sonata chamber destroyed or lost
13 1918 Sonata for piano trio chamber destroyed or lost
14a 1918,
(rev. 1939, 1962)
Trois mouvements perpétuels piano sc. · p. 32[10]
14b 1925,
(rev. 1939, 1962)
Trois mouvements perpétuels chamber
  • flute
  • oboe
  • clarinet
  • bassoon
  • french horn
  • violin
  • viola
  • cello
  • double bass
arr. of FP 14a
15a 1919 Le Bestiaire (ou Cortège d’Orphée)
  1. Le Dromadaire
  2. La Chèvre du Tibet
  3. La Sauterelle
  4. Le Dauphin
  5. L’Écrevisse
  6. La Carpe
  • baritone
  • piano
Guillaume Apollinaire sc.
15b 1922 Le Bestiaire (ou Cortège d’Orphée) vocal
  • baritone
  • flute
  • clarinet
  • bassoon
  • string quartet
arr. of FP 15a
16a 1919 Cocardes
  1. Miel de Narbonne
  2. Bonne d'enfant
  3. Enfant de troupe
  • soprano
  • piano
Cocteau dedicated to Auric · sc.
16b 1939 Cocardes vocal
  • soprano
  • violin
  • cornet
  • trombone
  • grosse caisse
  • triangle
arr. of FP 16a
17a 1919 Valse in C piano part of L'Album des Six · sc.
17b 1932 Valse in C orchestral orch. of FP 17a
18 1919 Quadrille for piano 4 hands piano lost or destroyed
19 1920,
(rev. 1926)
Piano Suite piano sc.
20a 1920-1 Le Gendarme incompris stage (opera)
  • 3 voices
  • ensemble
Cocteau and Raymond Radiguet lyric comedy in one act
20b 1921 Le Gendarme incompris (suite) chamber
  • clarinet
  • trumpet
  • trombone
  • percussion
  • violin
  • cello
  • double bass
21 1920-1 5 Impromptus piano sc.
22 1921 Quatre poèmes de Max Jacob
  1. Est-il un coin plus solitaire...
  2. C'est pour aller au bal
  3. Poète et Ténor
  4. Dans le buisson de mimosa
  • voice
  • wind quintet
Max Jacob dedicated to Darius Milhaud
23/1 1921 La baigneuse de Trouville (Carte Postale en couleurs) stage (ballet) orchestra part of the collaborative Les mariés de la tour Eiffel, ballet by Cocteau
23/2 1921 Le discours du Généra stage (ballet) orchestra part of the collaborative Les mariés de la tour Eiffel, ballet by Cocteau
24 1921,
(rev. 1952)
Promenades piano sc.
25 1921 Esquisse pour une fanfare orchestral sc., overture for Act V of Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
26 1921 3 Etudes for pianola piano lost or destroyed
27 1921 Première suite d'orchestre orchestral lost or destroyed
28 1921 String Quartet no. 1 chamber lost or destroyed
29 1921 Trio for piano, clarinet and cello chamber lost or destroyed
30 1921 Military marches for piano and orchestra orchestral lost or destroyed (fragments)
31 1922 Chanson à boire choral men's choir anonymous texts of the 17th century, English by J.V. Hugo sc.
32a 1922 Sonata for clarinet and bassoon chamber sc.
32b 1945 Sonata piano piano version of FP 32a
33a 1922 Sonata for horn, trumpet and trombone chamber
33b 1945 Sonata piano piano version of FP 33a
34 1922 Caprice espagnol piano lost or destroyed
35 1923 La colombe stage (opera) recitatives for Charles Gounod's opera
36 1922 Les biches stage (ballet) sc.
36b 1939-40 Les biches (Suite) orchestral from FP 36a
36c 1923 Les biches (Suite) orchestral from FP 36
37 1923 Clarinet Quintet chamber lost or destroyed
38a 1924-5 Poèmes de Pierre Ronsard
  1. Attributs
  2. Le Tombeau
  3. Ballet
  4. Je n’ai plus que les os
  5. À son page
  • voice
  • piano
Pierre Ronsard sc.
38b 1924-5 Poèmes de Pierre Ronsard vocal
  • voice
  • orchestra
orch. of 38a
39 1924-5 Violin Sonata No. 2 chamber lost or destroyed
40 1922-5 Napoli piano sc.
41 1925 Dorfmusikanten-Sextett von Mozart lost or destroyed
42 1925 Chansons gaillardes
  1. La Maîtresse volage
  2. Chanson à boire
  3. Madrigal
  4. Invocations aux Parques
  5. Couplets bachiques
  6. L’Offrande
  7. La Belle jeunesse
  8. Sérénade
  • baritone
  • piano
43 1926 Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano chamber sc.
44 1927 Vocalise vocal
  • voice
  • piano
45a 1927 Pastourelle stage (ballet)
  • voice
  • piano
part of the collaborative L'Éventail de Jeanne by ten composers
45b 1927 Pastourelle piano piano version of FP 45a, sc.
46 1927-8 Airs chantés
  1. Air romantique
  2. Air champêtre
  3. Air grave
  4. Air vif
  • voice
  • piano
Jean Moréas sc.
47 1927-8,
(rev. 1939)
Novelettes piano sc.
48 1928,
(rev. 1953)
3 Pieces piano sc.
49 1927-9 Concert champêtre orchestral
  • harpsichord
  • orchestra
50a 1929 'Pièce brève sur le nom d'Albert Roussel piano No. 3 of the collaborative Hommage à Roussel (2 mélodies and 6 pièces for piano by Conrad Beck, Roger Delage, Arthur Honegger, Arthur Hoérée, Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud and Alexandre Tansman) published in addition to the Revue musicale (April 1929)
50b 1949 Pièce brève sur le nom d'Albert Roussel orchestral orch. of FP 50a
51a 1929 Aubade, concerto chorégraphique stage (ballet)
  • piano
  • 18 instruments
51b 1929 Aubade piano piano version of FP 51a
52 1929 Fanfare lost or destroyed
53 1929 Valse piano lost or destroyed
54 1929 Violin Sonata No. 3 chamber lost or destroyed
55 1930 Épitaphe vocal
  • voice (baritone or mezzo-soprano)
  • piano
François de Malherbe sc.
56 1929-30 8 Nocturnes piano sc.
57 1931 Trois poèmes de Louise Lalanne
  1. Le Présent
  2. Chanson
  3. Hier
  • voice (soprano)
  • piano
Louise Lalanne sc.
58 1931 Quatre poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire
  1. L'Anguille
  2. Carte postale
  3. Avant le cinéma
  4. 1904
  • voice (baritone or mezzo-soprano)
  • piano
Apollinaire sc.
59 1931 Cinq poèmes de Max Jacob
  1. Chanson bretonne
  2. Le Cimetière
  3. La Petite servante
  4. Berceuse
  5. Souric et Mouric
  • voice
  • piano
Jacob sc.
60 1932 Le Bal masqué vocal
  • voice (baritone or mezzo-soprano)
  • chamber orchestra
Jacob composed for Marie-Laure and Charles de Noailles · sc.
60.I 1932 Caprice piano piano version of Final from FP 60
60.II 1932 Intermède piano from FP 60.I
60.III 1932 Bagatelle chamber excerpts from FP 60.I
61 1932 Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra orchestral sc.
62 1932 Valse-improvisation sur le nom de BACH piano No. 3 of the collaborative Hommage à J. S. Bach (with Albert Roussel, Alfredo Casella, Gian Francesco Malipiero and Arthur Honegger), sc.
63 1932-4 10 Improvisations piano sc.
64 1933 Intermezzo stage (incidental) incidental music for Jean Giraudoux's play
65 1933 Villageoises 6 petites pièces enfantines piano sc.
66 1932 Pierrot vocal
  • voice
  • piano
Théodore de Banville
67 1932 Petrus lost or destroyed
68 1933 Feuillets d’album piano sc.
69 1934 Huit chansons polonaises
  1. La Couronne
  2. Le Départ
  3. Les Gars polonais
  4. Le Dernier Mazour
  5. L'Adieu
  6. Le Drapeau blanc
  7. La Vistule
  8. Le Lac
  • voice
  • piano
anonymous in French and Polish sc.
70 1934 Presto in B major piano dedicated to Vladimir Horowitz · sc.
71 1934 2 Intermezzi piano sc.
72 1934 Humoresque piano
73 1934 Badinage piano
74 1934 Villanelle chamber
  • recorder
  • piano
dedicated to Louise Hanson-Dyer
75 1934-5 Quatre chansons pour enfants
  1. Nous voulons une petite sœur
  2. La Tragique Histoire du petit René
  3. Le Petit Garçon trop bien portant
  4. Monsieur Sans-souci
  • voice
  • piano
Jean Nohain
76 1936 La Belle au bois dormant film
  • voice
  • piano
music for the commercial film by Alexandre Alexeieff
77 1935 Cinq poèmes de Paul Éluard
  1. Peut-il se reposer?
  2. Il la prend dans ses bras
  3. Plume d’eau claire
  4. Rôdeuse au front de verre
  5. Amoureuse
  • voice
  • piano
Paul Éluard sc.
78 1935 La Reine Margot stage (incidental))
  • voice
  • piano
incidental music for Édouard Bourdet's play, in collaboration with Auric
79a 1935 À sa guitare vocal
  • voice
  • piano or harp
Ronsard after FP 78 · sc
79b 1935 À sa guitare vocal
  • voice
  • orchestra
orch. of 79a
80a 1935 Suite française d'après Claude Gervaise chamber
  • wind instruments
  • drum
  • harpsichord
80b 1935 Suite française piano piano version of Fp80a
81 1936 Sept Chansons
  1. Blanche Neige
  2. À peine défigurée
  3. Par une nuit nouvelle
  4. Tous les droits
  5. Belle et ressemblante
  6. Marie
  7. Luire
choral choir 1 & 6: Apollinaire; 2-5 & 7: Éluard sc.
82a 1936 Litanies à la Vierge Noire Notre-Dame de Rocamadour choral
  • women's (or children's) choir
  • organ
82b 1947 Litanies à la Vierge Noire choral
  • women's (or children's) choir
  • orchestra (strings and timpani)
orch. of FP 82a
83 1936 Petites Voix
  1. La Petite Fille sage
  2. Le Chien perdu
  3. En rentrant de l'école
  4. Le Petit garçon malade
  5. Le Hérisson
choral 3-part women's (or children's) choir Madeleine Ley
84 1930-6 Soirées de Nazelles piano sc.
85 1936 Plains-chants de Cocteau vocal
  • voice
  • piano
lost or destroyed
86 1936-7 Tel jour telle nuit
  1. Bonne journée
  2. Une ruine coquille vide
  3. Le Front comme un drapeau perdu
  4. Une roulotte couverte en tuiles
  5. À toutes brides
  6. Une herbe pauvre
  7. Je n’ai envie que de t’aimer
  8. Figure de force brûlante et farouche
  9. Nous avons fait la nuit
  • voice
  • piano
Éluard sc.
87 1937 Bourrée, au pavillon d’Auvergne piano part of the collaborative À l’exposition, 1937 · sc.
88 1937 Deux marches et un intermède orchestral sc.
89 1937 Mass in G major choral
  • soprano
  • mixed choir
sc. · p. 288 [11]
90 1937 Sécheresses choral
  • mixed choir (SATB)
  • orchestra
Edward James sc.
91 1937 Trois poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin
  1. Le Garçon de Liège
  2. Au-delà
  3. Aux officiers de la garde blanche
  • voice
  • piano
Louise de Vilmorin
92 1938 Le Portrait vocal
  • voice
  • piano
93 1934-8 Organ Concerto orchestral
  • organ
  • timpani
  • string orchestra
94 1938 Deux poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire
  1. Dans le jardin d'Anna
  2. Allons plus vite
  • voice
  • piano
Apollinaire sc.
95 1938 Priez pour paix vocal
  • voice
  • piano
Charles d'Orléans sc.
96 1938 La Grenouillère vocal
  • voice
  • piano
Apollinaire sc.
97 1938-9 Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence
  1. Timor et tremor
  2. Vinea mea electa
  3. Tenebræ factæ sunt
  4. Tristis est anima mea
choral mixed choir sc. · p. 288–292
98 1938-9 Miroirs brûlants
  1. Tu vois le feu du soir
  2. Je nommerai ton front
  • voice
  • piano
Éluard sc. · p. 293–294
99 1939 Ce doux petit visage vocal
  • voice
  • piano
Éluard sc.
100 1932,
(rev. 1939–40)
Sextet chamber
  • wind quintet
  • piano
101 1939 Fiançailles pour rire
  1. La Dame d’André
  2. Dans l’herbe
  3. Il vole
  4. Mon cadavre est doux comme un gant
  5. Violon
  6. Fleurs
  • voice
  • piano
102 1939 Bleuet vocal
  • voice
  • piano
103 1939 Française piano sc.
104 1939 Deux préludes posthumes et une gnossienne orchestral chamber orchestra orch. of pieces by Erik Satie
105 1940 Mélancolie piano sc.
106 1940 Léocadia stage (incidental) incidental music for Jean Anouilh's play · lost but for FP 106-Ia
106-Ia 1940 Les Chemins de l'amour vocal
  • voice
  • piano
Jean Anouilh sung waltz from FP 106 · sc.
106-Ib 1940 Les Chemins de l'amour vocal
  • voice
  • clarinet
  • bassoon
  • violin
  • double bass
  • piano
orch. of FP 106-Ia
107 1940 Banalités
  1. Chanson d’Orkenise
  2. Hôtel
  3. Fagnes de Wallonie
  4. Voyage à Paris
  5. Sanglots
  • voice
  • piano
Apollinaire sc.
108 1940 Colloque vocal
  • voice (soprano, baritone)
  • piano
Paul Valéry
109 1941 Exultate Deo choral 4-part choir sc.
110 1941 Salve Regina choral 4-part choir sc.
111a 1940-1 Les Animaux modèles stage (ballet)
111b 1942 Les Animaux modèles (Suite) orchestral six movements from FP 111a
112 1941 La Fille du jardinier stage (incidental) incidental music for Charles Exbrayat's play
113 1941 2 Improvisations piano sc.
114 1941 Un joueur de flûte berce les ruines chamber flute unpublished
115 1941 String Trio chamber lost or destroyed
116 1942 La Duchesse de Langeais film music for the film by Jacques de Baroncelli, adapted from Honoré de Balzac's novel by Jean Giraudoux
117a 1942 Chansons villageoises
  1. Chanson du Clair Tamis
  2. Les Gars qui vont à la fête
  3. C’est le joli printemps
  4. Le Mendiant
  5. Chanson de la fille frivole
  6. Le Retour du sergent
  • voice
  • piano
Maurice Fombeure
117b 1942 Chansons villageoises vocal
  • voice (baritone)
  • chamber orchestra
orch. of FP 117a
118 1943 3 Intermezzi piano sc.
119 1942-3,
(rev. 1949)
Violin Sonata chamber sc. · p. 330–332
120 1943 Figure humaine
  1. Bientôt
  2. Le rôle des femmes
  3. Aussi bas que les silence
  4. Patience
  5. Première marche; la voix d’un autre
  6. Un loup
  7. Un feu sans tache
  8. Liberté
choral 12-part choir Éluard p. 333–335
121 1943 Métamorphoses
  1. Reine des mouettes
  2. C'est ainsi que tu es
  3. Paganini
  • voice
  • piano
122 1943 Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon
  1. C
  2. Fêtes galantes
  • voice
  • piano
Louis Aragon
123 1943 Le Voyageur sans bagage film music for the film by Jean Anouilh
124 1944 La Nuit de la Saint-Jean stage (incidental) incidental music for the play by J. M. Barrie
125 1944 Les Mamelles de Tirésias stage (opera)
  • soloists
  • choir
  • orchestra
Apollinaire sc.
126 1944 Un soir de neige
  1. Le feu
  2. Un loup
  3. Derniers instants
  4. Du dehors
choral 4-6-part mixed choir Éluard sc.
127-1 1941-5 Montparnasse vocal
  • voice
  • piano
127-2 1945 Hyde Park vocal
  • voice
  • piano
128 1945 Le Soldat et la Sorcière stage (incidental) incidental music for the play by Armand Salacrou
129 1940-5 L'Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant vocal
  • narrator
  • piano
Jean de Brunhoff orch. by Jean Françaix, sc.
130 1945 Huit chansons françaises
  1. Margoton va t'a l'iau
  2. La Belle se sied au pied de la tour
  3. '' Pilons l'orge
  4. Clic, clac, dansez sabots
  5. C'est la petit' fill' du prince
  6. La Belle si nous étions
  7. Ah ! mon beau laboureur
  8. Les Tisserands
  • mixed choir
  • men's choir
131 1946 Deux mélodies sur des poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire
  1. Le Pont
  2. Un poème
  • voice
  • piano
132 1946 Paul et Virginie vocal
  • voice
  • piano
Raymond Radiguet sc.
133 1946 String Quartet no. 2 chamber lost or destroyed
134 1947 Le Disparu vocal
  • voice
  • piano
Robert Desnos
135 1947 Main dominée par le cœur vocal
  • voice (soprano)
  • piano
Éluard sc.
136 1947 Trois chansons de Federico García Lorca
  1. L’Enfant muet
  2. Adeline à la promenade
  3. Chanson à l’oranger sec
  • voice
  • piano
Federico García Lorca
137 1947 Mais mourir vocal
  • voice
  • piano
138 1947 L'Invitation au château stage (incidenal) incidental music for Jean Anouilh's play
139 1947 Amphitryon stage (incidental) incidental music for Molière's 1668 play for the compagnie Renaud-Barrault at the théâtre Marigny
140 1948 Calligrammes
  1. L’Espionne
  2. Mutation
  3. Vers le Sud
  4. Il pleut
  5. La Grâce exilée
  6. Aussi bien que les cigales
  7. Voyage
  • voice
  • piano
141 1947 Sinfonietta orchestral sc.
142 1948 Quatre petites prières de saint François d’Assise
  1. Salut, dame Sainte
  2. Tout puissant, très saint
  3. Seigneur, je vous en prie
  4. Ô mes très chers frères
choral 4-part men's choir Francis of Assisi sc.
143 1940-8,
(rev. 1953)
Cello Sonata chamber sc. · p. 393–395
144 1947 Hymne vocal
  • voice (bass)
  • piano
Jean Racine sc.
145 1949 Les Bijoux de poitrine, mazurka vocal
  • voice
  • piano
Vilmorin part of the collaborative song cycle Les Mouvements du cœur in memory of Frédéric Chopin, with Darius Milhaud, Henri Sauguet, Auric, Jean Françaix and Léon Preger, premiered by bass Doda Conrad
146 1949 Piano Concerto orchestral sc.
147 1950 La Fraîcheur et le Feu
  1. Rayon des yeux
  2. Le matin les branches attisent
  3. Tout disparut
  4. Dans les ténèbres du jardin
  5. Unis la fraîcheur et le feu
  6. Homme au sourire tendre
  7. La Grande rivière qui va
  • voice
  • piano
148 1950-1 Stabat Mater choral
  • soprano
  • five-part choir
  • orchestra
149 1951 Le Voyage en Amérique piano 2 pianos music for the film by Henri Lavorel
150 1951 L'Embarquement pour Cythère piano Valse musette after FP 149 · sc.
151 1951 Thème varié piano sc.
152 1951-2 Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
  1. O magnum mysterium
  2. Quem vidistis pastores dicite
  3. Videntes stellam
  4. Hodie Christus natus est
choral 4-part choir sc. · p. 417–419
153 1952 Matelote provençale orchestral part of the colleborative La guirlande de Campra
154 1952 Ave verum corpus choral 3-part women's chorus sc.
155 1952 Capriccio piano 2 pianos after Le Bal masqué FP 60, dedicated to Samuel Barber
156 1953 Sonate for two pianos piano
157 1954 Parisiana
  1. Jouer du bugle
  2. Vous n'écrivez plus?
  • voice
  • piano
Jacob sc.
158 1954 Rosemonde vocal
  • voice
  • piano
Apollinaire sc.
159 1956 Dialogues of the Carmelites stage (opera)
  • soloists
  • choir
  • orchestra
Georges Bernanos sc.
160 1954 Bucolique orchestral part of the collaborative Variations sur le nom de Marguerite Long
161 1956 Le Travail du peintre vocal
  • voice
  • piano
162 1956 Two mélodies
  1. La Souris
  2. Nuage
  • voice
  • piano
1: Apollinaire, 2: Laurence de Beylié
163 1956 Dernier Poème vocal
  • voice
  • piano
Desnos sc.
164 1956-7 Flute Sonata chamber sc.
165 1957 Ave Maria lost or destroyed
166 1957 Bassoon Sonata chamber lost or destroyed
167 1956 Vive Nadia vocal
  • voice
  • piano
homage to Nadia Boulanger
168 1957 Élégie pour cor et piano [fr] chamber homage to Dennis Brain
169 1956 Une chanson de porcelaine vocal
  • voice
  • piano
170 1958 Improvisation 13–14 piano sc.
171 1958 La voix humaine stage (opera)
  • soprano
  • orchestra
Cocteau sc.
172 1957-9 Laudes de saint Antoine de Padoue
  1. O Jesu
  2. O Proles
  3. Laus Regi
  4. Si quaeris
choral 3-part men's choir sc.
173 1958-9 Novelette piano sc.
174 1959 Fancy vocal
  • voice
  • piano
after Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice sc.
175 1959 Elegy for 2 pianos piano homage to Marguerite de Polignac (called Marie-Blanche) · sc.
176 1959 Improvisation 15 piano homage to Édith Piaf · sc.
177 1959 Gloria choral
  • soprano
  • choir
  • orchestra
178 1960 La Courte Paille
  1. Le Sommeil
  2. Quelle aventure!
  3. La Reine de cœur
  4. Ba, be, bi, bo, bu
  5. Les Anges musiciens
  6. Le Carafon
  7. Lune d’avril
  • voice
  • piano
Maurice Carême
179 1960 Sarabande for guitar chamber dedicated to Ida Presti · sc.
180 1961 La Dame de Monte-Carlo vocal
  • voice (soprano)
  • piano
181 1961 Sept répons des ténèbres choral
  • voice
  • piano
182 1961 Nos souvenirs qui chantent vocal
  • voice
  • piano
183 1962 Renaud et Armide stage (incidental) incidental music for Cocteau's 1943 play
184 1962 Clarinet Sonata chamber sc.
185 1962 Oboe Sonata chamber sc.
?? 1950 Ce siècle a cinquante ans film orchestra music for the documentary directed by Denise Batcheff, Roland Tual and Werner Malbran [de], composed in collaboration with Auric, Henri Sauguet and Jean Wiener

List of works by genre

head and shoulder shot of young man looking towards the camera
Poulenc in the early 1920s.

Stage works





Vocal/choral orchestral



Solo piano

Piano four hands

  • Sonata for piano, 4 hands, FP 8

Two pianos

  • Sonata for 2 pianos, FP 156
  • L'embarquement pour Cythère, valse-musette for 2 pianos (from film, Le voyage en Amérique), FP 150
  • Élégie (en accords alternés), for 2 pianos, FP 175
  • Capriccio for 2 pianos (after Le bal Masqué), FP 155


  • Chanson à boire (TTBB) (1922), FP 31
  • Sept chansons (SATB) (1936), FP 81
  • Litanies à la vierge noire (SSA, org) (1936), orchestrated (1947), FP 82
  • Les Petites Voix (SSA a cappella) (1936) FP 83 (Madeleine Ley) (I. La Petite Fille sage - II. Le Chien perdu - III. En rentrant de l'école - IV. Le Petit garçon malade - V. Le Hérisson)
  • Mass in G (SATB) (1937), FP 89
  • Sécheresses (chorus, orchestra) (1937), FP 90
  • Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence (SATB): "Vinea mea electa", (1938); "Tenebrae factae sunt", (1938); "Tristis est anima mea", (1938); "Timor et tremor", (1939), FP 97
  • Exultate Deo (SATB) (1941), FP 109
  • Salve Regina (SATB) (1941), FP 110
  • Figure humaine (12 voices) (1943), FP 120
  • Un soir de neige (6 voices) (1944), FP 126
  • Chansons françaises: "Margoton va t'a l'iau", (SATB)(1945); "La belle se sied au pied de la tour" (SATBarB) (1945); "Pilons l'orge" (SATBarB) (1945); "Clic, clac, dansez sabots" (TBB) (1945); "C'est la petit' fill' du prince" (SATBarB) (1946); "La belle si nous étions" (TBB) (1946); "Ah! Mon beau laboureur" (SATB) (1945); "Les tisserands" (SATBarB) (1946), FP 130
  • Quatre petites prières de saint François d’Assise (Men's chorus) (1948), FP 142
  • Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël (Mixed chorus): "O magnum mysterium" (1952); "Quem vidistis pastores?" (1951); "Videntes stellam" (1951); "Hodie Christus natus est" (1952), FP 152
  • Ave verum corpus (SMezA) (1952), FP 154
  • Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue (Men's Chorus): "O Jésu perpetua lux" (1957); "O proles hispaniae" (1958); "Laus regi plena gaudio" (1959); "Si quaeris" (1959), FP 172


  • Rapsodie nègre: see Chamber/Instrumental, above.
  • Le Bestiaire, ou le Cortège d'Orphée pour Baryton et Orchestre de Chambre, FP 15a (poems by Apollinaire) (I: Le dromadaire II: La chèvre du Thibet III: La sauterelle IV: Le dauphin V: L'écrevisse VI: La carpe) (1918-1919)
  • Le Bestiaire, ou le Cortège d'Orphée pour Baryton et Piano, Trois Melodies Inedites (VII La Colombe, VIII Le Serpent, IX La Puce), FP 15b
  • Cinq poèmes de Max Jacob (I:"Chanson Bretonne" II:"Cimetière" III:"La petite servante" IV:"Berceuse" V:"Souric et Mouric") (1931), FP 52
  • Miroirs Brûlants (2 Poems by Paul Eluard. I:"Tu vois le feu du soir" II:"Je nommerai ton front") (1938), FP 98
  • Poèmes de Ronsard (I:"Attributs", II: "Le tombeau", III: "Ballet", IV: "Je n'ai plus les os", V: "À son page") (1925), FP 38
  • Chansons Gaillardes (anonymous 17th-century texts, I:"La Maîtresse volage", II: "Chanson à boire", III: "Madrigal", IV: "Invocation aux Parques", V: "Couplets bachiques", VI: "L'Offrande", VII: "La Belle Jeunesse", VIII: "Sérénade") (1925-1926), FP 42
  • Quatre airs chantés (I:"Air romantique", II: "Air champêtre", III: "Air grave", IV: "Air vif") (1927–28), FP 46
  • Quatre poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire (1931, FP 58) for voice and piano (I. L'Anguille - II. Carte postale - III. Avant le cinéma - IV. 1904)
  • A sa guitare (poem by Pierre de Ronsard) (1935), FP 79
  • Tel jour telle nuit (poems by Paul Éluard), I: "Bonne journée", II: "Une ruine coquille vide", III. "Le front comme un drapeau perdu", IV. "Une roulotte couverte en tuiles", V. "A toutes brides", VI. "Une herbe pauvre", VII. "Je n'ai envie que de t'aimer", VIII. "Figure de force brûlante et farouche", IX. "Nous avons fait la nuit" (1936–1937), FP 86
  • Le portrait (poem by Colette) (1937), FP 92
  • Priez pour paix (poem by Charles d'Orléans) (1938), FP 95
  • La grenouillère (poem by Apollinaire) (1938), FP 96
  • Deux poèmes d'Apollinaire (poems by Apollinaire: I: "Dans le jardin d'Anna", II: "Allons plus vite") (1939), FP 94
  • Bleuet (poem by Apollinaire) (1939), FP 102
  • Fiançailles pour rire (poems by Louise de Vilmorin: I: "La Dame d'André", II: "Dans l'herbe", III: "Il vole", IV: "Mon cadavre est doux comme un gant", V: "Violon", VI: "Fleurs") (1939), FP 101
  • Banalités (poems by Apollinaire: I: "Chanson d'Orkenise", II: "Hôtel", III: "Fagnes de Wallonie", IV: "Voyage à Paris", V: "Sanglots") (1940), FP 107
  • "Les Chemins de l'amour" (originally written as part of the incidental music for Jean Anouilh's Léocadia (1940); the remainder of the Léocadia music is lost.[12]), FP 106
  • Chansons villageoises (I: "Chanson du clair tamis", II: "Les gars qui vont à la fête", III: "C'est le joli printemps", IV: "Le mendiant", V: "Chanson de la fille frivole", VI: "Le retour du sergent"), FP 117 (1942)
  • Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon (I: "C", II: "Fêtes galantes") (1943), FP 122
  • Métamorphoses (1943) FP 121 for voice and piano (Louise de Vilmorin) (I. Reine des mouettes - II. C'est ainsi que tu es - III. Paganini)
  • L'Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant for Piano and Narrator (1940 – orchestrated by Jean Françaix 1945), FP 142
  • Deux poèmes d'Apollinaire (I: "Montparnasse", II: "Hyde Park") (1941–1945), FP 127
  • Deux poèmes d'Apollinaire (I: "Le pont", II: "Un poème") (1946), FP 131
  • Paul et Virginie (poem by Raymond Radiguet) (1946), FP 132
  • Le disparu (poem by Robert Desnos) (1946), FP 134
  • Calligrammes (Guillaume Apollinaire): I. L'Espionne - II. Mutation - III. Vers le Sud - IV. Il pleut - V. La Grâce exilée - VI. Aussi bien que les cigales - VII. Voyage (1948), FP 140
  • La Fraîcheur et le feu (poems by Paul Éluard), I: "Rayon des yeux", II: "Le matin les branches attisent", III: "Tout disparut", IV: "Dans les ténèbres du jardin", V: "Unis la fraîcheur et le feu", VI: "Homme au sourire tendre", VII: "La grande rivière qui va" (1950), FP 147
  • Rosemonde (poem by Apollinaire) (1954), FP 158
  • Parisiana (poems by Max Jacob: I: "Jouer du Bugle", II: "Vous n'écrivez plus?") (1954), FP 157
  • Le travail du peintre (poems by Paul Éluard), I: "Pablo Picasso", II: "Marc Chagall", III: "Georges Braques", IV: "Juan Gris", V: "Paul Klee", VI: "Joan Miro", VII: "Jacques Villon" (1956), FP 161
  • Deux mélodies (I: "La Souris" (Apollinaire), II: "Nuage" (Laurence de Beylié)) (1956), FP 162
  • Dernier poème (poem by Robert Desnos) (1956), FP 163
  • La Courte Paille (poems by Maurice Carême), I: "Le sommeil", II: "Quelle aventure!", III: "La reine de Coeur", IV: "Ba, be, bi, bo, bu", V: "Les anges musiciens", VI: "Le carafon", VII: "Lune d'Avril" (1960), FP 178



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