Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   Francis Poulenc
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Durand
Edition:   NA
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Br. Paul Richards
St. John’s Boys Choir 1992
R&R Chair Children & Youth

This is a stunning setting of a portion of the Litany of The Black Virgin and is typical of Poulenc’s harmonic technique. I’ve discovered that when teaching Poulenc it’s best to teach all the parts at the same time rather than splitting the choir up in sectionals. The lines make harmonic sense only in context. The piece goes in your “serious sacred” portion of the program. It’s in French and it is beautiful.