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Artist's Biography

Darius Milhaud.

Woodcut, 2003
Image size
Very good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 85465
Price: $600.00
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Signed, titled, and dated in pencil. Darius Milhaud (September 4,1892 – June 22, 1974) was a French composer and teacher. He was a member of Les Six. His compositions are influenced by jazz and make use of polytonality. Born in Marseilles to a Jewish family from Aix-en-Provence, Milhaud began as a violinist, later turning to composition instead. Milhaud studied in Paris at the Paris Conservatory where he met his fellow group members Arthur Honegger and Germaine Tailleferre. He studied composition under Charles Widor and harmony and counterpoint with André Gedalge. He also studied privately with Vincent d'Indy. From 1917 to 1919, he served as secretary to Paul Claudel, the eminent poet and dramatist who was then the French ambassador to Brazil and with whom Milhaud collaborated for many years, setting music for many of Claudel's poems and plays. The rise of Nazism forced Milhaud and his famiily to leave France in 1940 and emigrate to the United States. He secured a teaching post at Mills College in Oakland, California, where he composed the opera Bolivar (1943) and collaborated with Henri Temianka and the Paganini Quartet. In an extraordinary concert there in 1949, the Budapest Quartet performed the composer's 14th String Quartet, followed by the Paganini Quartet's performance of his 15th; and then both ensembles played the two pieces together as an octet. The following year, these same pieces were performed at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, by the Paganini and Juilliard String Quartets.Inscribed "5/10." 20th Century Subjects , Portraits , Famous People