The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: YOU MUST HEAR THIS — On a cool and rainy weekend, here is a touch of summer | August 20, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

The weather predictions that The Ear has seen say today and tomorrow will be cool and rainy with possible storms.

So here is a touch from the composer who The Ear thinks is the most summery composer in history. His work has just the right touch of breezy lightness and bright sunshine.

He is the 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc, so severely underestimated in his lifetime,  and here– in the YouTube video at the bottom — is his Sonata for Oboe and Piano, which The Ear often finds Mozart-like its simplicity, clarity and beauty.

Hope you enjoy.


  1. I think I’ve got this wrong. A friend of mine, an English composer with the initials P.S. was referenced on this blog and I falsely assumed that this friend is the author of this blog.


    Comment by Friko — August 20, 2016 @ 12:26 pm

  2. Hallo Ear,
    Greetings from Shropshire!
    It was lovely to see you and the two Ludlows recently. Hope you’ll come again soon.

    I’ve added myself to your email subscribers.

    Comment by Friko — August 20, 2016 @ 11:59 am

  3. Delicious on this end of the rainy Saturday morning. Glorious Poulenc. Thank you.

    Comment by Ronnie Hess — August 20, 2016 @ 10:14 am

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