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Soirées de Nazelles

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Soirées de Nazelles
Variations by Francis Poulenc
CatalogueFP 84
Composed1936 (1936)
Dedication"to the memory of my aunt LIÉNARD, in memory of Nazelles"

Les Soirées de Nazelles, FP 84, is a set of variations for piano written by the French composer Francis Poulenc. During the evenings, the composer used to sit at the piano and improvise "portraits" of his friends, all based on a given theme. The work was begun in 1930, and completed at Noizay on October 1, 1936.[1] At the beginning of the score, it reads:

The variations that form the center of this work were improvised at Nazelles during long country evenings wherein the composer played "portraits" for friends gathered around his piano.
We hope that these variations, each one somewhere between a first draft and a finished work, will have the power to evoke this game in the spirit of a Touraine region living room– with a window open to the night.[2]

The composition is dedicated "to the memory of my aunt LIÉNARD, in memory of Nazelles".[3] The score was published by Éditions Durand Salabert-Eschig.[1]


Les Soirées de Nazelles are composed of eight variations and a cadence, framed by a prelude (Preamble) and a finale. It takes about 20 minutes to perform. A complete recording by Tom Pascale lists the titles, tempo markings and durations as follows:[1]

Variation Title Tempo Duration
Preamble Extrêmement animé et décidé 3'37
I Le comble de la distinction Vif et gai 1'16
II Le cœur sur la main Modéré 2'41
III La désinvolture et la discrétion Presto 1'23
IV La suite dans les idées Très large et pompeux 1'59
V Le charme enjôleur Très allant 2'24
VI Le contentement de soi Très vite et sec 1'10
VII Le goût du malheur Lent et mélancolique 3'14
VIII L'alerte vieillesse Très rapide et bien sec 1'17
Cadence Très large et très librement 1'38
Final Follement vite, mais très prècis 3'39


  1. ^ a b c Partition Éditions Durand Paris, France
  2. ^ Piano Society Archived 2017-02-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ à la mémoire de ma tante LIÉNARD, en souvenir de Nazelles

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