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La Courte Paille

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La Courte Paille
Songs by Francis Poulenc
CatalogueFP 178
Based onPoems by Maurice Carême
ComposedSummer 1960 (Summer 1960)
PerformedSeptember 1961 (1961-09)
  • Voice
  • piano
LocationFestival de Royaumont (then Seine-et-oise department)

La Courte Paille (The Short Straw), FP 178, is a set of seven songs for voice and piano, composed in 1960 by Francis Poulenc on poems by Maurice Carême. The duration of the work is about 8 minutes.

History of the work

Composed in July–August 1960, the songs were premiered at the festival of Royaumont Abbey, in 1961, by soprano Colette Herzog and Jacques Février as the pianist.[1]


  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

Origin of the poems

Le sommeil, Ba, be, bi, bo, bu and Le carafon come from the collection of Maurice Carême La Cage aux grillons (1959).

Quelle aventure ! , La reine de cœur, Les anges musiciens and Lune d'avril come from the collection Le Voleur d'étincelles (1960).


La Courte Paille is dedicated to the singer Denise Duval (1921–2016) for her son Richard Schilling.[1]



Clifton, Keith E. "Beyond Childhood: Poulenc, La courte paille, and the Aural Envelope." College Music Symposium 49/50 (2009/2010): 333-44.

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This page was last edited on 21 February 2020, at 17:22
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