Darius Milhaud biography
 

Darius Milhaud

Darius Milhaud Biography


Darius Milhaud (September 4, 1892 - June 22, 1974) was a French-Jewish composer and teacher. He was a member of Les Six and one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century.

Milhaud was born in Aix-en-Provence and studied in Paris under Charles Widor and Vincent d'Indy. Befriended with Erik Satie many years before the Groupe des Six existed, he was the only one of that Group never to have disagreements with that composer.

He discovered jazz on a trip to the US in 1922. He left Germany in 1939 and emigrated to America in 1940, where he secured a teaching post at Mills College in Oakland, California.

From 1947-1971 he taught alternate years at Mills and the Paris Conservatoire, until poor health, which caused him to use a wheelchair during the last years of his life (beginning sometime before 1947), caused him to retire.

Milhaud died in Geneva, Switzerland.

Notable students of Milhaud:

His compositions are particularly noted as being influenced by jazz and for their use of polytonality (music in more than one key at once).

Milhaud composed prolifically, and his noted works include Le Boeuf sur le Toit (ballet), La Création du Monde (jazz), Scaramouche (2-piano suite), Saudades do Brazil (dance suite), and Notes Without Music (an autobiography).

External links

  • Darius Milhaud 1892–1974 (http://www.musicaltimes.co.uk/archive/obits/197408milhaud.html) by Ronald Crichton. Musical Times, August 1974.


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Scaramouche - Alto Sax & Piano (for Alto Saxophone & Piano Reduction). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). For alto saxophone and piano accompaniment (Alto Sax). Woodwind Solo. 20th Century. Difficulty: medium. Set of performance parts (includes separate pull-out saxophone part). 28 pages.

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Scaramouche By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). For 2 pianos four-hands. Piano. 20th Century. Set of performance parts. 54 pages. Editions Salabert #SEAS14914. Published by Editions Salabert

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The Chimney Of King Rene (la Cheminee Du Roi Rene) "(La Cheminee Du Roi Rene). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). For woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon). Woodwind Solos & Ensembles - Woodwind Quintet. Suite. 20th Century. Grade 5. Score and set of parts. 42 pages. Published by Southern

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Suite Op. 157b (Score and Parts). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Score & Parts. Woodwind Ensemble. Book only. 38 pages. Editions Salabert #SEAS15177X. Published by Editions Salabert

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Scaramouche (Clarinet and Piano). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Clarinet. Woodwind Solo. 28 pages. Editions Salabert #SEAS15280C. Published by Editions Salabert

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Duo Concertant (Clarinette et Piano). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). For clarinet and piano. Published by Heugel & Cie

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"La Crí©ation du Monde, Op. 81a" "(Score). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). For 2 flutes (1st dbl. piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 1 bassoon, alto saxophone, 1 horn, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, piano, percussion (2 players), 2 violins, 1 cello, 1 double bass (Score). Editions Durand. 60 pages.

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Milhaud -- Saudades do Brazil By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Edited by Maurice Hinson. For Piano. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Alfred Masterwork Edition. 20th Century; Masterwork. Early Advanced. Book. 48 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing

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Sonatine (for Flute & Piano). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Flute. Editions Durand. 18 pages. Editions Durand #DF1027900. Published by Editions Durand

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The Best of Darius Milhaud in Twenty-Two Pieces for Piano By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Edited by G_rald Hugon. Editions Durand. 52 pages. Editions Durand #DF1577200. Published by Editions Durand

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Chansons de Ronsard (Voice and Piano). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Boosey & Hawkes Voice. 28 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M051900404. Published by Boosey & Hawkes

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La Muse Menagere (the Household Muse) (A Suite of 15 Pieces). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). For Piano. Solo part. Standard notation. 19 pages. Published by Theodore Presser Company

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Sonatine (for Clarinet & Piano). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Editions Durand. 16 pages. Editions Durand #DF1151200. Published by Editions Durand

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Suite Francaise (Score and Parts). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Score and full set of parts.. Hal Leonard Concert Band Series. Grade 5. Duration 15 minutes. Published by Hal Leonard

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6 Chansons de Theatre (Voix Moyenne et Piano). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). For medium voice and piano. Published by Heugel & Cie

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Dance By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). For Alto Saxophone and Piano. Published by International Music Company

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"Quintette a Cordes, No. 2" "(2 Vlons/Alto/Vloncelle/Contrebasse/Ption/Pties). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). For string quintet (2 violins, viola, cello, double bass). Score and parts. Published by Heugel & Cie"

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String Quartet 7 By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Study score. Standard notation. Published by Universal Edition

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Four Sketches (Piano Solo). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Piano. For Piano Solo. Solo part. Standard notation. 15 pages. Published by Theodore Presser Company

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Brazileria (from Scaramouche) (Guitar Solo). By Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Guitar. Guitar Solo. Book only. Editions Salabert #SEAS15553. Published by Editions Salabert

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