Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a noted French composer and pianist who was known for his mélodies, operas, choral pieces, piano works and ballets. He was born in France towards the end of the 19th century into a well-to-do family. Inheriting artistic and musical inclinations from his parents, he started learning music at the age of five and decided to become a composer when he turned 14. But due to his father’s opposition, he could not join the Paris Conservatory; and instead, he started taking lessons from Ricardo Viñes. He made his debut at the age of 18 and became independently wealthy and famous by the time he was in his mid-20s. This was also the period when he discovered his sexual orientation, which might have been a cause of confusion and depression for him. After he came out of his battle against depression, he began to write music once again. However, his style changed remarkably. While his earlier works were light-hearted, he now wrote a number of somber pieces, composing many scores based on liturgy and religious themes. He continued to write almost until the end of his life. He died at the age of 63, leaving a rich legacy behind him.