Personalities | Darius Milhaud | Modern Era | Classical

(Där-yüs’ Me-yo’) 1892–1974
French composer

One of the group known as ‘Les Six’, Milhaud was perhaps the most prolific composer of the twentieth century. Jazz was an important influence on him, as was the carnival music of South America, and he was famous for writing music in two or more keys at once (polytonality). He composed in most musical forms (12 symphonies, 18 string quartets), but is especially remembered for some of the most famous ballet scores of the 1920s, including La création du monde (‘The Creation of the World’, 1923) and Le boeuf sur le toit (‘The Ox on the Roof’, 1920).

Recommended Recording:
La création du monde, Saudades do Brasil, Le boeuf sur le toit, French National Orchestra (cond) Leonard Bernstein (EMI/Warner)

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