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1920s Paris, The Crazy Years: Pulcinella & Paris

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

In 1920s Paris, Stravinsky blurred the lines between classical and popular culture: City of London Sinfonia continues its Worlds Colliding series.

The composer’s Pulcinella introduced a decade of music which combined the surreal, the bohemian and the bizarre.

Darius Milhaud’s surrealist ballet Le Boeuf sur le Toit inspired the name of the bar where Jean Cocteau met his artistic acolytes from 1921.

Many of them contributed music and madness to Les Maries de la Tour Eiffel, the outlandish tale of a Bastille Day wedding atop the Eiffel Tower – a tale featuring a spontaneously appearing telegraph office, a man-eating lion and an existential ‘child of the future’.

City of London Sinfonia explores the blurred lines between classical and popular culture in their Worlds Colliding series.


City of London Sinfonia
conductor to be announced
David Greilsammer piano


Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Milhaud: Le boeuf sur le toit, ballet
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Les Six: Ouverture, le 14 juillet (Auric); Valse des dépêches (Tailleferre); La baigneuse de Trouville (Poulenc) from Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel
Poulenc: Piano Concerto in C sharp minor

Dates & times

28 Apr 2020
Approximate run time: 115 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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