Foreword by Sir Lennox Berkeley, Introduction, List of Songs, 1. Francis Poulenc, the Man, 2. Francis Poulenc, Composer of Songs, 3. Performance and Interpretation, 4. Guillaume Appollinaire, 5. Paul Eluard, 6. Louise de Vilmorin, 7. Max Jacob, 8. Maurice Careme, 9. Maurice Fombeure, 10. Jean Cocteau - Raymond Radiguet, 11. Louis Aragon - Robert Desnos, 12. Colette - Laurence de Beylie - Jean Anouilh, 13. Federico Garcia-Lorca, 14. Jean Moreas, 15. Ronsard, 16. Anonymous Texts of the Seventeenth Century, 17, Malherbe - Racine - Charles d'Orleans, Epilogue, Bibliographical Note, Index of Titles, Index of First Lines
Pierre Bernac was born in Paris in 1988 and began studying singing at the age of 18. In 1935 his professional partnership with Poulenc was formed and lasted until 1959 when Bernac retired from the concert platform. He then devoted himself to teaching and giving masterclasses through Europe, USA and Canada. He died in 1979.