Personalities | Paul Dukas | Modern Era | Classical

(Pol Dü-ka’) 1865–1935
French composer

Acutely self-critical, Dukas allowed only a handful of his compositions to be performed and published and wrote nothing of importance after the age of 47. He admired and was admired by Debussy, but his Symphony in C and his Piano Sonata are in a line traceable to Beethoven, and Debussy’s influence is joined by Wagner’s in the fine opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue (‘Ariadne and Bluebeard’, 1908). In later years he was a respected teacher, notably of Messiaen.

Recommended Recording:
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, New York PO (cond) Leonard Bernstein (Sony)

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