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

Dukas was born Paul Abraham Dukas in Paris to a Jewish family 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…

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  • Shame that he was his own worst critic.
  • Greetings from esoterism.
  • A one hit wonder? More like a tortured genius. What he didn't rip up in a fit of angst, is brilliant!
  • Come along and join the group [url=http://www.last.fm/group/Orchestral+Composer+of+the+Week.]Orchestral Composer of the Week[/url]. Nominate your 5 favourite composers each week and see who gets into the Hall of Fame.
  • The opera Ariane et Barbe-Bleue is a forgotten masterpiece. Or perhaps not that forgotten anymore as there are a couple of recent recordings.
  • The main reason that it is impossible to find so many of Dukas' works is because he was a music critic, as well as a perfectionist. His strong critical sense made him find small dislikes in his works and as a perfectionist he destroyed them. If he didn't do this he probably would've made it as a bigger composer, but alas, most of his work is gone.
  • thanks to fantasia, that is.
  • Quite. Can't seem to find any other works by him though. :(
  • A one-hit wonder lol

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