September 4, 1892
June 22, 1974 in Geneva, Switzerland
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Darius Milhaud was a prolific French composer and violinist who further developed polytonality. He was part of Les Six; a term coined by the critic Henri Collet pertaining to a group of young French composers of the 20th century.
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Milhaud wrote ballets, choral works, incidental music, operas, symphonies and scores for film and radio.
He studied at the Paris Conservatory under Paul Dukes and Vincent d’Indy. Milhaud himself would become a teacher; first in 1940 at Mills College in California and at the Paris Conservatory during the latter part of the 1940s.
He wrote over 400 compositions including: "L’Homme et son désir," "Le Boeuf sur le toit," "La Création du monde," "Christophe Colomb," "Le Pauvre Matelot," "David," "Médée," "Saudades do Brasil," "Scaramouche" and "Poèmes juifs."
Darius Milhaud collaborated with the playwright and his close friend Paul Claudel (i.e. "Le Livre de Christophe Colomb"). Milhaud suffered from arthritis which became so severe that at times it left him confined to a wheelchair.
More information on composer Darius Milhaud at The Musical Times Web site.
Listen to "Scaramouche" by Darius Milhaud courtesy of YouTube.