- Glossary definition: Les Six
Les Six

French group of composers: Auric, Durey, Honegger, Milhaud, Poulenc and Tailleferre. Originally a set of Conservatoire students, the group formed itself under the eye of Satie and soon acquired an enthusiastic promoter and spokesman in Cocteau. The new music was to take its subject matter and its stimulus from everyday life; it was not to turn its back on machines, whether as instruments or as a source for the imagination; it was also to learn from the music hall, the circus and the jazz band; and its principal qualities were to be dryness, brevity, straightforwardness, and a turning away from Germanic influence (sauerkraut music).