Francis Poulenc: A Bio-Bibliography is a thorough presentation of the works of this often performed and critically appreciated 20th-century composer. George R. Keck traces events in Poulenc's life and offers a list of works and performances with the primary focus on those facts and influences which contributed to the development of the composer's distinctive musical style. Included in the text is a substantial discography as well as antated entries by and about the composer which cover every phase of his career and affirm Poulenc's place in 20th-century music. The highly selective antated bibliography comprises the major portion of the text. Since Keck's documentation of the development of Poulenc's style covers only representative works, he includes a list of all of Poulenc's compositions, arranged both alphabetically and chrologically, in the two appendixes. A complete index of names, places, and titles concludes the book.
GEORGE R. KECK is Professor of Music at Ouachita Baptist University. He is co-editor of Feel the Spirit: Studies in Nineteenth-Century Afro-American Music (Greenwood Press, 1988).