When I hear Chabrier's "Bourree fantasque", I can easily hear Poulenc at the same time.
Thank you for that interesting inspiration, David, I will try to get a recording of that piece.
Poulenc has many different moods and moments in his composing as you well know. He can be charming, witty, sarcastic, pensive, matter-of-fact, romantic, urbane, ironic, nostalgic and more--very expressive to say the least. And in the larger scope of styles, you're right. He can display neoclassicism and in short order neo-romanticism too. He was eclectic and versatile, which is why he is probably one of the standouts of the Six.
Yes, I agree absolutely. His style seems so versatile (and eclectic, too). The second theme of the first movement of the Sonata for clarinet and piano, which is much slower than the first theme and the reprise, by the way, seems neo-romantic to me, indeed! May be "neo-romantic" characterizes his style in the first and second movement still adequater than "neo-classical". I like his individual and very expressive style very much!
Hopefully you can post his sonata for clarinet and piano here. I'm sure many would love to hear it, I know I would.
Thank you, David. I will do my very best (like the buttler in "Dinner for one"
, sorry, I always have to think of that end, when I hear this english sentence
) and I will probably play that sonata with two clarinetists, first with a pupil and second with my colleague, I also have recorded the jazz-pieces recently. So, we have a double chance to get a recording here.
Today we don't hear much of Chabrier, but I believe that in his time he was a very prominent presence in 19th century French music circles.
So, it´s your special and valuable merit, that you have made him here alive to us! Thank you once more.