Henri EvenepoelMan sitting on a camel© RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
The exhibition Apollinaire, the Eyes of the Poet
at the Musée de l'Orangerie provides an opportunity to recall his influence on music. It was only after his death that musicians took up his poetry. Francis Poulenc is the underlying theme of these three Lunchtimes: although the death of the poet in 1918 left him with little time to meet him, the musician subsequently constantly brought him into his music, through five collections and four separate mélodies, not forgetting his opéra bouffe The Breasts of Tiresias
In this series where texts by Eluard, Max Jacob and Blaise Cendrars echo poems by the author of Alcools
, Poulenc rubs shoulders with other members of Les Six, Honegger and Louis Durey (whose Bestiary
is a fascinating counterpart to Poulenc's), while Guy Reibel's Calliphones
de Guy Reibel (1994) remind us that Apollinaire continues to inspire composers today.