Paul Dukas

Paul Dukas Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    1st October 1865
  • Died
    17th May 1935
  • Birthplace
    Paris, France

Paul Abraham Dukas was a French composer, critic, scholar and teacher. A studious man, of retiring personality, he was intensely self-critical, and he abandoned and destroyed many of his compositions. His best known work is the orchestral piece, L'apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), the fame of which has eclipsed that of his other surviving works. Among these are an opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue (Ariadne and Bluebeard), a symphony, two substantial works for solo piano, and a ballet, La Péri. At a time when French musicians were divided into conservative and progressive factions, Dukas adhered to neither but retained the admiration of both. His compositions were influenced by composers including Beethoven, Berlioz, Franck, d'Indy and Debussy.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Villanelle Duet Solo Instrument and Piano
Vocalise-étude Etude Voice(s) and Piano
Ariane et Barbe-bleue Opera / Operetta Piano
Ariane et Barbe-bleue Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Polyeucte Overture Orchestra
La Plainte, Au Loin, Du Faune Piano piece Piano
La plainte, au loin, du faune Piano piece Piano
Prelude Elegiaque Piano piece Piano
Sonata Piano piece Piano
Variations, interlude et final sur un thème de Rameau Piano piece Piano
Villanelle Piano piece Piano
Prélude élégiaque Prelude Piano
L'apprenti sorcier Scherzo Orchestra
L'apprenti sorcier Scherzo Orchestra
Piano Sonata Sonata Piano
Sonnet de Ronsard Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Polyeucte: Ouverture pour la tragédie de Corneille Symphonic Pieces Orchestra
La péri (or 'The Flower of Immortality') Symphonic Poem Orchestra
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Symphonic Poem String Orchestra
La Péri ou La fleur d'immortalité Symphony Orchestra