October 1, 1865
May 17, 1935 in Paris
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Paul Abraham Dukas was a French composer, master of orchestration, professor at the Paris Conservatory and music critic of the Revue Hebdomadaire and Gazette des Beaux-Arts. Dukas won the Prix de Rome twice; first in 1886 and again in 1888.
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Dukas' early influence may have been his mother who played the piano. He studied at the Paris Conservatory where he later became professor of the orchestral class from 1910 to 1912. He then became professor of orchestration at the said conservatory from 1927 to 1935.
His notable works include: "L’Apprenti sorcier" (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), "Velléda," "Symphony in C Major," "Sonate," "Variations, interlude et final pour piano sur un thème de Rameau," "La Péri," "Prélude élégiaque sur le nom de Haydn," "La Plainte au loin du faune" and "Ariane et Barbe-bleue." In 1948, his essays were published in a collection titled Les Écrits de Paul Dukas sur la musique.
Listen to Paul Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" courtesy of YouTube.