Paul Dukas
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1865-10-01
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Paul Dukas

Paul Dukas Biography (BBC)

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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Paul Dukas Biography (Wikipedia)

Paul Abraham Dukas (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, a symphony, two substantial works 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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Villanelle
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La Péri, ballet music
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La Péri, ballet music
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The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra
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The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra

The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra

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Hungarian Radio Orchestra
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Adam Medveczky
Paul Dukas
The Sorcerer's Apprentice, symphonic scherzo
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice, symphonic scherzo

The Sorcerer's Apprentice, symphonic scherzo

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Sao Paulo State Orchestra
Paul Dukas
Villanelle
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Villanelle
Paul Dukas
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Paul Dukas
Villanelle for horn and orchestra
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Villanelle for horn and orchestra
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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La Péri
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La Péri
Paul Dukas
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Paul Dukas
Piano Sonata in E flat minor (3rd mvt)
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Piano Sonata in E flat minor (3rd mvt)
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Villanelle
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Villanelle
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La Peri - poeme danse
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La Peri - poeme danse
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The Sorcerer's apprentice
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The Sorcerer's apprentice
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La Péri - Fanfare and Poème dansé
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La Péri - Fanfare and Poème dansé
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The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra
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The Sorcerer's apprentice - symphonic scherzo for orchestra
Paul Dukas
La Péri (The fairy); 1. Fanfare
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La Péri (The fairy); 1. Fanfare
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Villanelle
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Villanelle
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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Villanelle
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Villanelle
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Les Sirenes
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Les Sirenes
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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La Peri - Poeme Danse
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La Peri - Poeme Danse
Paul Dukas
The Sorceror's Apprentice
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The Sorceror's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Paul Dukas
Fantasia (1939) - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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Fantasia (1939) - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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La Péri (Fanfare)
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La Péri (Fanfare)
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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Fanfare and Poeme danse (La Peri)
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Fanfare and Poeme danse (La Peri)
Paul Dukas
La plainte, au loin, du faune
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La plainte, au loin, du faune
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