Paul Dukas


Born: October 1, 1865; Paris, France   Died: May 17, 1935; Paris, France  
Paul Dukas' music, like his life, straddled the Romantic and modern periods (and encompassed a still wider range of influences), and he remained true to classical structures well into the twentieth century. Born in 1865 to the family of a cultured Parisian banker, he was the second of three children; his mother was the musician in the family, and she died when he was five. He studied the piano without displaying special aptitude in music until he Read more was 14. While convalescing from an illness, he started composing, and from that point on, he gravitated toward music, enrolling at the Paris Conservatoire when he was 16. He studied harmony, piano, conducting, and orchestration, and at 17, he wrote his first two adult compositions, overtures to Goethe's Götz von Berlichingen and Shakespeare's King Lear. He formally studied composition with Ernest Guiraud but left the conservatory in 1888, frustrated over his inability to win any prizes for his early work and being confronted by the military draft. Following his service in the army, he returned to civilian life as a critic and composer, enjoying his first success in the latter capacity in 1892 with the premiere of his overture Polyeucte. The same year, he began the first of several attempts to compose an opera, but he was to see no success in that genre for years to come; rather, he wrote his two most well-known instrumental works: the Symphony in C (1896) and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1897). The latter, based on Goethe's "Der Zauberlehrling," became one of the most popular orchestral works of the late Romantic era with its rich coloration, and it was quickly taken into the repertory of conductors around the world. For the next decade, he devoted himself to an opera, Ariane et Barbe-bleue, based on the work of Maurice Maeterlinck, while continuing to write criticism and completing his Sonata for piano in E flat minor (1900). Dukas completed his ballet La Péri in 1912, but his later output was blighted by an increasingly self-critical outlook, which caused him to abandon and destroy many works. Only four pieces from the last 23 years of his life ever saw the light of day. In his final decades, Dukas achieved renown as a teacher and his students included Messiaen and Duruflé. In 1940, five years after his death, Dukas and The Sorcerer's Apprentice became enshrined in American popular culture through the use of the work in the movie Fantasia. Read less
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  • 1.
    Mariss Jansons - The Oslo Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 524247 Release Date: 11/06/2020   Number of Discs: 26
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Johan Svendsen,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork,  Hĺvard Norang,  Per Hannisdal,  Torkyll Bye  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    100 Best Children's Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 548472 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labčque,  Marielle Labčque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Roussel & Dukas: Orchestral Works / Rophe, Orchestra National des Pays de la Loire
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2432 Release Date: 01/03/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Albert Roussel
    Conductor:  Pascal Rophé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
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    Flute Music from the Harlequin Years / Soccorsi, Roorda
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8579045 Release Date: 06/14/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre de Bréville,  Paul Dukas,  Albert Roussel,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Thies Roorda,  Alessandro Soccorsi
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    Alexander Gauk: 125th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002496 Release Date: 06/07/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Claude Debussy,  Paul Dukas,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Grigory Ginzburg,  Vera Dulova
    Conductor:  Alexander Gauk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    The Romantic Horn / Drake, Watkins
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 556 Release Date: 03/08/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Strauss,  Richard Strauss,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Julius Drake,  Richard Watkins
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    One Century of Music (1918-2018) / Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186791 Release Date: 01/18/2019   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Edouard Lalo,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Performer:  Marilyn Richardson,  Isaac Stern,  Cornelia Kallisch,  Francine Laurent  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Horst Stein,  Pinchas Steinberg,  Armin Jordan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Chamber Choir,  Suisse Romande Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Transcriptions Francaises / Frank
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6153 Release Date: 04/06/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Paul Dukas,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Tobias Frank
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    Debussy et ses amis / Duo Mattick Huth
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 18600 Release Date: 03/02/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Albert Roussel,  Paul Dukas,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Mattick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Mattick Huth
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    I Remember / University of Toronto Schools
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1247 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Johannes Brahms,  Paul Dukas,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Annie Zhou,  Amir Safavi,  Aaron Dou,  James Sommerville  ... 
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    Leonard Bernstein: Remastered Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 541714 Release Date: 10/27/2017   Number of Discs: 100
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Darius Milhaud,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Shapero  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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    Vladimir Jurowski: 10 Years / London Philharmonic
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Maurice Ravel,  Mikhail Glinka,  Alexander Dargomizhsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jeremy Ovenden,  Romaine Gerber,  Adrian Thompson,  Sofia Fomina  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Trinity Boys Choir
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    Romantic Transcriptions for Trumpet & Organ / Duo Fehse-Wilfert
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6144 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adams,  Arthur William Marchant,  Georges Delerue,  César Franck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Fehse-Wilfert
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    Letter from Home / Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy
    Label: Aliud   Catalog: 90 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Jack Gallagher,  Rogier Van Otterloo,  Joseph Horovitz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Netherlands Navy Marine Band
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    Louis Fremaux Icon: Complete Birmingham Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 560476 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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    A Noble & Melancholy Instrument / Frank-Gemmill, Beatson
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2228 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Strauss,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill,  Alasdair Beatson
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    New York Philharmonic: 175th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 533636 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Oscar Levant,  Robert Casadesus,  Isaac Stern,  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg,  Josef Stransky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Gypsy Inspiration
    Label: Eudora   Catalog: 1603 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Fritz Kreisler,  Wilhelm Popp,  Karl Joachim Andersen  ... 
    Performer:  Vicent Morello,  Daniel Del Pino
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    The Warner Classics Recordings / Argerich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 558208 Release Date: 11/04/2016   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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  • 20.
    Danse Macabre / Nagano, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002562702 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Antonín Dvorák,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Mily Balakirev  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Wan
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    My First Classical Albums
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8509003 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Jürgen Schuster,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Éder String Quartet,  Danubius String Quartet,  German Wind Soloists  ... 
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  • 22.
    Paris / Altmann, Okamoto
    Label: Eigenart   Catalog: 052 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Ernest Chausson,  Gabriel Pierné,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Performer:  Dirk Altmann,  Mako Okamoto,  Anne-Maria Holscher,  Gesa Jenne-Dönneweg
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  • 23.
    Georges Pretre: The Symphonic Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 557140 Release Date: 09/02/2016   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Darius Milhaud,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Joseph Jongen  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges Prętre
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  • 24.
    Purple Classics Presents: The Classical Music Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578336 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Hĺvard Gimse,  Jenö Jandó,  Lucy Van Dael
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Bjarte Engeset,  Alexander Rahbari,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    23 Vocalises-Etudes for Alto Saxophone and Piano / White, Rushton
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 9056 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Georges Auric,  Francis Poulenc,  Joseph Jongen  ... 
    Performer:  Harry Kinross White,  Edward Rushton
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