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Concerto for Winds

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Francis Poulenc

Francis Poulenc (trans. Kenneth Singleton)

Subtitle: Originally Sonata for Piano 4 Hands

This work bears the designation FP 8.

General Info

Year: 1918 / 1939 / 2011
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano four hands
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00


1. Prelude - 2:40
2. Rustique - 2:45
3. Final - 2:10

Instrumentation (one player per part)

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III (alternative parts in B-flat)
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongo (low)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In a 1919 letter Poulenc asserted: "My four favorite composers, my only masters, are Bach, Mozart, Satie and Stravinsky." The influence of all four musicians is readily apparent in Poulenc's earliest published piano work, the Sonata for Piano Duet, written in 1919 and revised in 1939.

Although an early work, the seven-minute Sonata abounds with fresh and exciting sounds. The opening Prelude is dominated by an angular tune played against a dissonant ostinato. This gives way to a lyrical Stravinsky-ish melody (here in flute), before being rudely interrupted and returning to the opening material. The movement ends abruptly. Rustique is comprised of gentle "white note" music, where little dissonance can be found. All the tunes are beautiful, but there is an irreverent ending, here played by piccolo and tuba -- with a little bassoon thrown in. The Final is reminiscent of the dance hall, with everyone playing (dancing) as fast as possible. Snippets from the Prelude and Rustique make a brief reappearance, before the dance tune reasserts itself and dashes off to the finish -- only to be interrupted by one final surprise.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Glen Schneider, conductor) – 9 November 2019

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Poulenc, F.; Singleton, K. (2011). Concerto for Winds [score]. Grand Mesa Music: Grand Junction, Colo.