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Paul Dukas Born October 1 1865 in Paris France Died May 17 1935 in Paris France Nationality French StylePeriod Romantic Paul Dukas was born in Paris France on October 1 1865 He was a student at the Paris Conservatory where he studied piano harmony and composition He won the Prix de Rome for a counterpoint and fugue in 1886 and again in 1888 with the cantata Velleda As mentioned Paul Dukas studied at the Paris Conservatoire were he was a pupil of Bizets friend Guiraud Dukas devoted his time to musical criticism and orchestration he was the music critic for the Revue Hebdomadaire and Gazette des Beaux-Arts and he was a professor of orchestration at the Conservatoire It is rumored that his strong critical sense led him to intentionally destroy a number of his own compositions and only allow an utterly small number of his compositions to be published Nevertheless he remained an influential and respected as both teacher and critic when he left the Conservatoire he was able to become totally devoted to musical criticism and orchestration He was a friend of Debussys and developed some of that composers techniques in his own works The symphonic scherzo LApprenti Sorcier is by far the best known composition by Dukas inspired by Goethes poem Der Zauberlehrling The music was worldly popularized by Walt Disney when he included a pictorial version of it in Fantasia with Mickey Mouse as the sorcerers naughty apprentice Dukas most notable works Orchestral Music Symphony Early overtures G von Berlichingen and King Lear Lapprenti sorcier The Sorcerers Apprentice and overture Polyeucte for orchestra Dukas only symphony a work that deserves more attention than it has generally received Chamber Music Villanelle for horn and piano also orchestrated Piano Music piano sonata La plainte au loin du faune Pr and Variations interlude et final sur un th de Rameau for piano Vocal and Choral Music Sonnet de Ronsard and Vocalaise for voice and piano
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