Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) was born into the family of pharmaceutical manufacturers that is now the multinational Rhône-Poulenc company and therefore never needed to earn a living. He began learning the piano at the age of five and took composition lessons in his twenties. The Novelette in C is an arrangement of a piano piece for wind quintet. It is a short one-movement work in which Poulenc employs his gift of lyrical writing to delightful effect.

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