Paul Dukas - composer, critic, orchestrator and teacher.
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
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 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
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
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