Paul Dukas, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Paul Dukas

French composer

Date of Birth: 01-Oct-1865

Place of Birth: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 17-May-1935

Profession: composer, pianist, musician, pedagogue, university teacher, choreographer, music pedagogue

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Libra


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About Paul Dukas

  • Paul Abraham Dukas (French: [dykas]; 1 October 1865 – 17 May 1935) was a French composer, critic, scholar and teacher.
  • A studious man, of retiring personality, he was intensely self-critical, and he abandoned and destroyed many of his compositions.
  • His best known work is the orchestral piece The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier), the fame of which has eclipsed that of his other surviving works.
  • Among these are the opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue, his Symphony in C and Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, the Variations, Interlude and Finale on a Theme by Rameau (for solo piano), and a ballet, La Péri. At a time when French musicians were divided into conservative and progressive factions, Dukas adhered to neither but retained the admiration of both.
  • His compositions were influenced by composers including Beethoven, Berlioz, Franck, d'Indy and Debussy. In tandem with his composing career, Dukas worked as a music critic, contributing regular reviews to at least five French journals.
  • Later in his life he was appointed professor of composition at the Conservatoire de Paris and the École Normale de Musique; his pupils included Maurice Duruflé, Olivier Messiaen, Manuel Ponce, and Joaquín Rodrigo.

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