Upon her death in , it was finally revealed that Lady Churchill had personally smashed and burned the hated portrait less than a year after its presentation. Built sometime in the 6th century, this legendary pair of stone Buddhas stood for 1, years before falling victim to a cultural purge by the Taliban.
While they weathered more than a dozen centuries, several attacks by Muslim emperors and even an invasion by Genghis Kahn, the Buddhas were finally destroyed in March , when the Taliban and their allies in Al Qaeda gave an order condemning idolatrous imagery.
Ignoring widespread appeals from the international community, the groups then fired on the statues with antiaircraft guns before blowing them to rubble with dynamite. While the destruction of the Buddhas was condemned as a crime against culture, a number of formerly hidden cave drawings and texts have been discover among the debris, and in archeologists unearthed a third, previously undiscovered Buddha statue near the ruins.
The masterwork has not been seen since it was lifted from a chapel in Palermo, Italy, though evidence indicates the Sicilian Mafia may have played a role in the heist.
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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. As a pianist, Poulenc composed many pieces for his own instrument in his piano music and chamber music. He wrote works for orchestra including several concertos , also three operas , two ballets , incidental music for plays and film music. The composer had written a catalogue of his works in , which is reproduced in Schmidt's book. Poulenc completed his last work, his Oboe Sonata , in As a professional pianist, Poulenc wrote many pieces for his own instrument.
He was a prolific writer of works of chamber music , often with piano, and some works for two pianos. He composed easily for woodwind instruments, scoring for example a piano trio with oboe and bassoon instead of the traditional violin and cello. Poulenc was less familiar with string instruments. The cellist Pierre Fournier helped him to write the Cello Sonata , which he premiered with the composer as the pianist.
Among his works with orchestra are three operas , two ballet , incidental music for plays, film music and concertos, some with unusual solo instruments such as harpsichord and organ.
Poulenc was a member of the group of composers Les Six , with Georges Auric , Louis Durey , Arthur Honegger , Darius Milhaud and Germaine Tailleferre , and contributed to their collective productions, which included another ballet. Poulenc turned to writing also religious music in the s, composing a Mass in G major for a cappella choir. The late Gloria for soprano, choir and orchestra became one of his best-known works.
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