One of the more prolific composers of the twentieth century, Darius Milhaud was born to a Jewish family in southern France during the last decade of the nineteenth century. He learned the violin as a youth. Studies at the Paris Conservatoire from age 17 on gave the young composer opportunity to work with some of the most prominent French composers and theorists of the day, including Charles Marie Widor, Vincent d'Indy and André Gedalge, and allowed him to focus on developing his skills as a pianist. While serving as an attaché at the French delegation in Rio de Janeiro during the First World War, Milhaud began a long and fruitful association with poet Paul Claudel (who was at that time a Minister at the delegation), several of whose plays Milhaud would go on to provide with incidental music (Proteé, 1919; L'annonce fait à Marie, ...
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Le boeuf sur le toit, ballet for orchestra, Op. 58 1919 16:29 Ballet
Suite provençale, for orchestra, Op. 152a 1936 14:38 Orchestral
La création du monde, ballet for orchestra, Op. 81 1923 16:15 Ballet
Concerto, for percussion & chamber orchestra (or piano), Op. 109 1929 08:11 Concerto
Saudades do Brasil (12), suite of dances for piano, Op. 67 1920 10:44 Keyboard
L'Homme et son désir, "poème plastique" (ballet) for 4 voices, 12 instruments & 15 percussion (or 2 pianos), Op. 48 1918 18:11 Ballet
Scaramouche, suite for 2 pianos, Op. 165b 1937 09:18 Keyboard
Les Choëphores, incidental music for vocal quartet, narrator, chorus & orchestra (Orestiean Trilogy No. 2), Op. 24 1915 33:44 Show/Musical
La muse ménagère (15), suite for piano, Op. 245 1944 20:57 Keyboard
Service sacre pour le samedi matin, for solo voice, reciter, chorus & orchestra (or organ), Op. 279 1947 14:52 Choral
Scaramouche, suite for saxophone & orchestra (or piano), Op. 165c 1939 09:25 Concerto
La Cheminée du Roi René (7), suite for wind quintet, Op. 205 1939 12:37 Chamber Music
Scaramouche, suite for clarinet & orchestra (or piano), Op. 165d 1941 09:42 Concerto
Suite française (5), for wind band, Op. 248a 1944 15:50 Band Music
Saudades do Brasil (12), suite of dances for orchestra, Op. 67b 1923 21:21 Orchestral
Little Symphony, for chamber orchesrra No. 2, "Pastorale", Op. 49 1918 04:50 Orchestral
Little Symphony, for chamber orchestra No. 1, "Le Printemps", Op. 43 1917 03:51 Orchestral
Poèmes juifs (8), songs for voice & piano, Op. 34 1916 09:33 Vocal Music
Duo concertant, for clarinet & piano, Op. 351 1956 06:41 Chamber Music
Le Printemps (3), suite for piano Volume I, Op. 25 1915 07:38 Keyboard
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