Born October 1, 1865 in Paris, France
Died May 17, 1935 in Paris, France
L’Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)
Paul Dukas was born in Paris, France on October 1, 1865. He was a student at the Paris Conservatory where he studied piano, harmony, and composition. He won the Prix de Rome for a counterpoint and fugue in 1886 and again in 1888 with the cantata, Velleda.
He was the music critic for the Revue Hebdomadaire and Gazette des Beaux-Arts and at the same time, he was a professor of orchestration at the Conservatoire. His strong critical sense led him to destroy a number of his compositions and only allow a relatively small number of works to be published. He remained influential and respected as a teacher.
By far the best known composition by Dukas is the symphonic scherzo L’Apprenti Sorcier. The music was recently popularized by Walt Disney, when he included a pictorial version of it in Fantasia with Mickey Mouse as the naughty apprentice.