Élégie for horn and piano

Francis Poulenc

Élégie for horn and piano


About this work

Written in 1957, this Elegy is dedicated to Dennis Brain, the famous British horn player that died tragically in his youth. The work is a 10-minute single movement. It begins Trés calme, with the solo horn making a lonely call. Suddenly, with the entrance of the piano, the horn engages in a burlesque march that ends in an upward sweep. Now the piano ruminates for a short while but then the march begins again. The horn goes back to its pensive beginning with the piano providing a harmonic background in an elegiac mood that continues all the way to the end of the piece.