Trois novelettes (Poulenc)

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Trois novelettes
Piano music by Francis Poulenc
  • FP 47 (1,2)
  • FP 173 (3)
  • 1927 (1)
  • 1928 (2)
  • 1959 (3)

Trois novelettes (Three novelettes ) are three short pieces for piano composed by Francis Poulenc.

The first two novelettes, in C major and B-flat minor, FP 47, written in 1927 and 1928 respectively, were originally published together. The third, in E minor, FP 173, was written in 1959. These novelettes demonstrate multi-layered piano writing.[ citation needed ]

Poulenc premiered his first two novelettes at a concert in Paris on 10 June 1928.

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Sachania, M. & Potter, C. Francis Poulenc: Three Novelettes for Piano, Chester Music, revised edition (1999).