Francis Poulenc (January 7, 1899 - January 30, 1963) was a French composer.
Poulenc was born in Paris. His mother, an amateur pianist, taught him to play, and music formed a part of family life. As a young man, in 1918 he was fulfilling his National Military Service but still managed to compose three miniatures. At one time, the best known of all Poulenc's music was the three Mouvements perpĂ©tuels of 1918, but his most successful work may be the opera Dialogues des CarmĂ©lites.