Paul Dukas
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1865-10-01
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Biography

Dukas is known to most people today by L’apprenti sorcier (‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’), as popularised by Walt Disney in his cartoon film Fantasia. Sadly, this seems to have done little to arouse curiosity about the rest of his music. But ...

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Paul Dukas, Orchestre National de France & Charles Dutoit
The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra
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Paul Dukas, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest & Jean Fournet
La Peri - poeme danse
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Paul Dukas, BBC Philharmonic & Ludovic Morlot
La Peri
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Peter Rösel, Peter Damm & Paul Dukas
Villanelle in F
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Esa Tukia, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michael Adelson & Paul Dukas
Villanelle for horn and orchestra
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Paul Dukas & Royal Academy of Music Brass Soloists
Fanfare pour preceder la Peri
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Paul Dukas, Leopold Stokowski & Leopold Stokowski
La Peri - poeme danse
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James Levine, Paul Dukas, Berlin Philharmonic
The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra
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Paul Dukas, Leopold Stokowski & Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
La Peri: Fanfare
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Paul Dukas, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra & Jean-Luc Tingaud
Symphony in C major
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Symphony in C major Symphony in C major Symphony in C major Symphony in C major
Paul Dukas, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Constantin Silvestri
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
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Paul Dukas, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Rossen Milanov
The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra
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Paul Dukas, Zoltán Kocsis & Tamas Zempleni
Villanelle for horn and piano
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Ulster Orchestra, Paul Dukas & Yan Pascal Tortelier
La Peri: Fanfare
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Paul Dukas, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Constantin Silvestri
The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra
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London Symphony Orchestra, Paul Dukas & Sir Charles Mackerras
The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra
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Ulster Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier & Paul Dukas
Fanfare pour preceder "La Peri"
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Paul Dukas & The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Neville Marriner
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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Paul Dukas, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky & Martha Argerich
The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra
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Paul Dukas & Pure Brass
Fanfare from La Peri
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Paul Dukas, Charles Dutoit & Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra (feat. Charles Dutoit & Orchestre symphonique de Montréal)
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Yuja Wang, Staub, Victor & Paul Dukas
L'apprenti sorcier
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Paul Dukas, Richard Watkins & Barry Douglas
Villanelle for horn and piano (feat. Barry Douglas & Richard Watkins)
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Villanelle for horn and piano (feat. Barry Douglas & Richard Watkins) Villanelle for horn and piano (feat. Barry Douglas & Richard Watkins) Villanelle for horn and piano (feat. Barry Douglas & Richard Watkins) Villanelle for horn and piano (feat. Barry Douglas & Richard Watkins)
Paul Dukas, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Eugene Ormandy
The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra
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Paul Dukas & BBC Philharmonic
La Peri - poeme danse
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Paul Dukas, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Leopold Stokowski
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (feat. Leopold Stokowski & The Philadelphia Orchestra)
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Paul Dukas, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest & Jean Fournet
La Peri (feat. Jean Fournet & Radio Filharmonisch Orkest)
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Paul Dukas & Leonard Slatkin
L'Apprenti Sorcier (feat. Leonard Slatkin)
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Saxon Wind Philharmonic, Thomas Clamor & Paul Dukas
La Peri - poeme danse
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Paul Dukas & Berliner Philharmoniker
L'Apprenti Sorcier (feat. Berliner Philharmoniker)
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Rotterdam Philharmonic & Paul Dukas
Dukas L'Apprenti Sorcier
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Biography

Dukas is known to most people today by L’apprenti sorcier (‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’), as popularised by Walt Disney in his cartoon film Fantasia. Sadly, this seems to have done little to arouse curiosity about the rest of his music. But in a world in which there’s no shortage of composers with a strong personal style, or an image which impresses itself on the memory, the achievement of Dukas is a little elusive.

For a start, his list of works isn’t long, although not all of them have been published - an early overture inspired by King Lear was rediscovered and first performed as recently as 1995. The works that do survive, or which have been brought to light, reflect the musical evolution of the composer’s time, though Dukas was more inclined to classical forms than his contemporary Debussy.

His Symphony in C (1895–6) is a bracing, affirmative work, though with a deeply searching middle movement, which has all the right ingredients to make it popular. The Piano Sonata (1899–1900) is a passionate, four-movement masterpiece demanding steely fingers and an ardent temperament. It was followed by another large-scale piano work, Variations, interlude et final sur un thème de Rameau (?1899–1902).

Dukas planned several operas but only one, Ariane et Barbebleue, reached the stage, in 1907. Based on a play by Maeterlinck, it was, perhaps, a bit too close for comfort to Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, also based on Maeterlinck and produced five years earlier. Nevertheless, Dukas’s work is more forceful than Debussy’s and some people consider it his greatest achievement.

The last major work Dukas published was a sumptuous ‘poème dansé’, La péri, which he prefaced with a perversely acerbic Fanfare. Produced in Paris in 1912, it anticipated certain features in Debussy’s Jeux, also described as a ‘poème dansé’, which had its premiere the following year.

Dukas was a perfectionist, and is said to have destroyed as much as he allowed to survive. He didn’t have to earn his living by composing, since he worked as a music critic (some of his earliest reviews were of Wagner productions in London), as an editor (of the music of Rameau, Couperin, Scarlatti and Beethoven) and as a teacher, his most famous pupil being Olivier Messiaen, who revered him.

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