Francis Poulenc

1899 - 1963

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Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (French: [fʁɑ̃sis ʒɑ̃ maʁsɛl pulɛ̃k]; 7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include songs, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis Poulenc has received more than 939,094 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Francis Poulenc is the 110th most popular composer (up from 111th in 2019), the 425th most popular biography from France (up from 444th in 2019) and the 18th most popular French Composer.

Francis Poulenc is most famous for his compositions, which are often lighthearted and humorous.

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Among composers, Francis Poulenc ranks 110 out of 1,228Before him are Paul Hindemith, Benjamin Britten, Heinrich Schütz, Hans Zimmer, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Alma Mahler. After him are Johannes Ockeghem, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Joaquín Rodrigo, Giulio Caccini, Muzio Clementi, and Giovanni Gabrieli.

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Among people born in 1899, Francis Poulenc ranks 14Before him are Frederick IX of Denmark, Yasunari Kawabata, Humphrey Bogart, Lavrentiy Beria, Fred Astaire, and Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia. After him are László Bíró, Duke Ellington, Erich Kästner, Paul-Henri Spaak, Béla Guttmann, and Adnan Menderes. Among people deceased in 1963, Francis Poulenc ranks 16Before him are Tristan Tzara, C. S. Lewis, Ngo Dinh Diem, Nâzım Hikmet, Paul Hindemith, and Abd el-Krim. After him are Yasujirō Ozu, Sylvia Plath, Theodor Heuss, Thích Quảng Đức, Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria, and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.

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In France

Among people born in France, Francis Poulenc ranks 425 out of 5,234Before him are Théodore Rousseau (1812), Jacques Tati (1907), Arsène Wenger (1949), Henri Moissan (1852), Gérard Philipe (1922), and Nicolas Malebranche (1638). After him are Lothair of France (941), André Derain (1880), Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814), Abraham de Moivre (1667), Hippolyte Taine (1828), and Pierre Gassendi (1592).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Francis Poulenc ranks 18Before him are Jules Massenet (1842), Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645), Adolphe Adam (1803), François Couperin (1668), Olivier Messiaen (1908), and Léo Delibes (1836). After him are Arthur Honegger (1892), Pérotin (1160), Pierre Boulez (1925), Daniel Auber (1782), Maurice Jarre (1924), and Paul Dukas (1865).