Les Six (pronounced "Le sees") is
French for "The Six". Les Six were a group of six
composers who were friends around the year
1920. They were young at the time, and they shared a lot of ideas about music. The composer
Erik Satie called them "Les Nouveaux Jeunes", but then a man called Henri Collet called them "Les Six" in an
article he was writing, and that name was always used for them after that.
In their music they tried to be different from
Richard Wagner and other composers of
Romantic music, and different from
Ravel who had been writing
Impressionistic music. They also wanted to write in a simple way instead of using complicated
rhythms such as those of
twelve tone music like
Arnold Schoenberg. Many of their pieces were quite short. They liked strong,
masculine music, especially
The six composers did not stay together for very long as they soon developed their own personal styles in their compositions.