Poulenc Sextet Score & Parts
composition written by Francis Poulenc for a standard wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn) and piano. Estimates about the time of its composition range from between 1931 and 1932 and 1932 alone. The piece was extensively revised in 1939. Performed in its entirety, it lasts for 18 minutes.
The Sextet was composed at the height of Poulenc's Les Six years. It was written around the same time as the cantata Le Bal Masqué and the Concerto for Two Pianos. Poulenc did not always find composing to be a quick process, and this work is an example of a time in which that was the case.