1 October 1865 - 17 May 1935 (age 69)

Paul Dukas - composer, critic, orchestrator and teacher.
He is best known for his 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' featured in Disney's Fantasia.






Portrait of Dukas


Born: Paul Abraham Dukas, 1 October 1865, Paris
Father: Jules Dukas, banker
Mother: Eugénie, died in childbirth when he was 5.
Siblings: An elder brother and a younger sister Marguerite-Lucie
Wife: Suzanne Pereyra, Portuguese descent
Children: daughter Adrienne-Thérèse
Died: 17 May 1935 Paris
Cause of Death: not specified
Grave: columbarium at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Works by Dukas

Style: French Romantic / Impressionist
Output: small. Only 15 works survive.
Influenced by: Beethoven, Debussy, Franck, Saint-Saens, Wagner
Influenced: Albeniz, Falla, Messiaen, Rodrigo,Stravinsky
Orchestral: L'apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
An opera: Ariadne and Bluebeard
Symphony in C major
A ballet: La Péri.
Piano solo:
- Piano Sonata
- Variations, Interlude and Finale on a Theme by Rameau.

He destroyed many of his composition as result of his perfectionist temperament being dissatisfied with them.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
from Disney's Fantasia

Signature of Paul Dukas

Life and career

Age 5: Mother died giving birth to his sister.
Age 14: began composing while ill.
Age 16: Entered the Conservatoire de Paris to study piano, composition and harmony.
Debussy was a fellow pupil and close friend.
He won several prizes including the second place for the Prix de Rome. Bitterly disappointed at not winning it.
Age 24: compulsory military service.
Age 27: began his career as a music critic for at least 5 publications.
Age 30-31: Composed his Symphony in C major
Age 32: composed The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Age 36-37: composed two major works for piano.
Age 41: Married Suzanne Pereyra, of Portuguese descent.
Age 42: His opera Ariadne et Barbe-bleue premiered at the Opera-Comique in Paris.
Age 44: Daughter born.
Age 47: 1912 Wrote his last major work - the ballet La Péri
Age 52: Appointed professor of composition at the Paris Conservatoire. His pupils included Olivier Messiaen and Joaquin Rodriguez.
Age 69: Elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts
1940: 5 years after his death, Disney included The Sorcerer's Apprentice in his film Fantasia.

Dukas in Art
A fascinating collection of images - art, portraits, caricatures, cartoons, album covers and postage stamps.

Piano Sonata in E flat minor: First Movement [Part 1/5]
You can find parts 2 - 5 on YouTube

Symphony in C
a short excerpt played by the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra

Links,  where to go for more information

Wikipedia on Paul Dukas

Wikipedia Sorcerer's Apprentice

Encyclopaedia Brittanica

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