Paul Abraham Dukas

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Dukas, Paul Abraham


Born Oct. 1, 1865, in Paris; died there May 17, 1935. French composer and music critic; member of the Institut de France (1934).

From 1882 to 1888, Dukas studied composition at the Paris Conservatory with E. Guiraud. From 1910 to 1912 he was a professor of the orchestral class at the Conservatory, and after 1913, a professor of composition. He also taught composition at the Ecole Normale de Musique (from 1926). He was one of the brilliant representatives of impressionism in music. Dukas’ creative individuality was revealed most fully in his symphonic music. The symphonic scherzo The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1897) achieved great popularity. Other works include the opera Ariane and Bluebeard (1907, Paris), the dance poem La Péri (1912), and symphonic and piano pieces. He prepared editions of the works of Beethoven, J. P. Rameau, and D. Scarlatti and wrote critical studies.


Les Ećrits de Paul Dukas sur la musique. Paris, 1948.


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