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Les Six was the collective term given to the group of Montparnasse-based composers Francis Poulenc, Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud and Germaine Tailleferre. They drew influence from the principles laid down by Dada, Surrealism and Erik Satie, and were led by Jean Cocteau, who became a spokesman for the group, championing their material as a "music of the earth, everyday music... music one can live in like a house", supposedly fusing popular song and jazz with the classical establishment. The compositions documented on this disc were for the most part penned between the two world wars, the earliest being Milhaud's knockabout 1919 piece 'Le Boef Sur Le Toit', but the Georges Auric contributions are taken from his scores for Cocteau films (La Belle Et La Bete, Orphee and L'Aigle A Deux Tetes), which came in the post-war era, between 1946 and 1949. Similarly, the recordings of all these pieces came after WWII, predominantly in the early '50s, meaning there's still a gritty, vintage quality to all this.