Paul Dukas

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Birthday
1, 1865
Birthplace
France
Death Date
May 17, 1935 (69)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
1, 1865
Birthplace
France
Death Date
May 17, 1935 (69)

About

Best known for composing "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." His intense perfectionism often led him to destroy his works.

Before Fame

He attended the Conservatoire de Paris for music, studying with such notables as Georges Mathias, Ernest Guiraud, and Théodore Dubois. His classmate was Claude Debussy with whom he developed a deep friendship.

Trivia

He began working on a symphonic poem inspired by Shakespeare's "The Tempest" shortly before his death.

Family Life

His father was a banker and his mother was a pianist. He married Suzanne Pereyra in 1916.

Associated With

His composition "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was used in "Fantasia," Walt Disney's highly regarded film from 1940.