Reading the Musical Surreal through Poulenc's Fifth Relations

  title={Reading the Musical Surreal through Poulenc's Fifth Relations},
  author={James Sir Donaldson},
  journal={Twentieth-Century Music},
  pages={127 - 160}
Abstract This article develops a method of understanding concepts from the Parisian Surrealist movement in music using Poulenc's treatment of cadences and fifth relations as a case study. Although music was rejected by the group's figurehead André Breton as ‘the most profoundly confusing’ of all arts, many composers were keenly involved in Surrealist circles. Notably, Poulenc's acquaintance with major figures led him to set much of their literary work. But his engagement with their aesthetic… 


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