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Paul Dukas

Artist: Paul Dukas 
Born:1865, Paris
Died:1935, Paris
Summary:French composer and contemporary of Debussy, with whom he shared an interest in the plays of Maeterlinck.
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Paul Dukas Biography


Paul Dukas (October 1, 1865 – May 17, 1935) was a French composer of classical music.

Dukas was born in Paris and studied, under Théodore Dubois and Ernest Guiraud among others, at the Conservatoire there, where he was a friend of Claude Debussy. After completing his studies he found work as an orchestrator and critic.

Although Dukas wrote a fair amount of music, he destroyed many of his pieces out of dissatisfaction with them, and only a few remain. His first surviving work of note is the energetic Symphony (1896) which belongs to the tradition of Beethoven and César Franck. It was followed by another orchestral work, L'apprenti sorcier, better known under its English title The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1897), which is based on Goethe's poem 'Der Zauberlehrling'. This piece was used in the Walt Disney film Fantasia, which accounts for much of its fame. Dukas's rhythmic mastery and vivid orchestration are evident in both works.

For the piano, Dukas wrote two complex and technically demanding large-scale works, a Sonata (1901) and Variations, interlude and finale on a theme of Rameau (1902), again reminiscent of Beethoven and Franck. The opera Ariane et Barbe-Bleue ('Ariadne and Bluebeard'), on which he worked from 1899 to 1907, has often been compared to Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, partly because of musical similarities and partly because both operas are based on plays by Maurice Maeterlinck. The sumptuous oriental ballet La Péri (1912) was Dukas's last major work.

In the last decades of his life, Dukas became well known as a teacher of composition, with many famous students such as Joaquín Rodrigo, Maurice Duruflé, Olivier Messiaen and Jehan Alain. He died in Paris and is one of many famous people to be buried in the Père Lachaise cemetery there.



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Villanelle (French Horn and Piano). By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Editions Durand. 18 pages. Editions Durand #DF0679700. Published by Editions Durand

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice "By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Arranged by James Christensen. For woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, horn in F, and bassoon). Woodwind Quintet. Disney. Grade 3. Set of performance parts. Published by Kendor Music Inc"

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Fanfare from La Peri "By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Arranged by Kenneth Kemmerer. Brass quintet. For 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba. Score and set of parts. Published by AK Brass Press"

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Sorcerer's Apprentice (Piano Solo). By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Edited by G Sandor. Piano. SMP Level 10 (Advanced). 28 pages. G. Schirmer #LB1738. Published by G. Schirmer

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Fanfare (from La Peri) By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Arranged by David Marlatt. For Brass Choir (3.4.3.0.1). Brass - Brass Choir; Masterworks. Eighth Note Publications. Contemporary. Duration 00:01:45. Published by Eighth Note Publications

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Villanelle By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). For horn (or euphonium) / wind symphony or band. Concerto/Instrumental Solo; Transcriptions. Masters Symphonic Band Concert Band. Impressionist; French. Grade 4. Score and set of parts. Composed 1906/1995. Duration 6 minutes. Pu

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice "By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Arranged by James Christensen. For Clarinet Quartet. Kendor Ensemble Series. Movie, Disney. Grade 3. Score and Set of Parts. Duration 1:10. Published by Kendor Music Inc"

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L'Apprenti Sorcier (Sorcerer's Apprentice) (2 Pianos 4 Hands). By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Editions Durand. 40 pages. Editions Durand #DF0531400. Published by Editions Durand

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Fanfare (To Precede the Ballet La Pí©ri) (Full Score). By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Score. Editions Durand. 8 pages. Editions Durand #DF1107700. Published by Editions Durand

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Sonata in E-Flat Minor By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). For Piano. Masterworks; Piano Solo; Solo. Kalmus Edition. Form: Sonata. 20th Century; Masterwork; Romantic. 60 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing

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L'Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) "By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). For Orchestra: 2+1, 2, 2+1, 3+1 - 4, 2+2, 3, 0, timpani, percussion, harp, strings. Tone Poems; Original Works. Masters Study Scores. Post-Romantic. Study score. Composed 1897. Duration 12 minutes. Published by Masters Music Pu

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Villanelle By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Edited by James Chambers. For horn and piano. Published by International Music Company

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Arranged by Charles Warren. For brass quintet. Quintet music. Grade 3. Published by Cimarron Music Press

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Fanfare (To Precede the Ballet La Pí©ri) (Set of Parts). By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Editions Durand. 22 pages. Editions Durand #DF1107800. Published by Editions Durand

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice By Paul Dukas. For piano. Classical; Disney; Film/TV; Halloween. Piano. 3 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music

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Alla Gitana By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). For alto saxophone / piano. Impressionist. Score & part. Composed 1909. Published by Masters Music Publications Inc.

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Alla Gitana (Saxophone Mib et Piano). By Paul Dukas (1865-1935) and Marcel Mule (1901-2001). For E-flat saxophone and piano. Published by Alphonse Leduc

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Scherzo). By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Arranged by Frank Winterbottom. BAND SET. Boosey & Hawkes Concert Band. Boosey & Hawkes #M060053856. Published by Boosey & Hawkes

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Villanelle By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). For horn / piano. Score & part. Published by Masters Music Publications Inc.

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Fanfare from La Peri By Paul Dukas (1865-1935). Arranged by David Marlatt. For Double Brass Quintet. Brass Ensemble - Quintet; Masterworks. Eighth Note Publications. Form: Fanfare. 20th Century; Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. 40 pages. Published by Eighth Note Publications

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