Darius Milhaud

Composer Darius Milhaud

Profession: Composer


Biography: Darius Milhaud studied at the Paris Conservatory, where he met fellow composers Georges Auric, Arthur Honegger, and Germaine Tailleferre. He was a member of the group of composers known as "Les Six," which also included Auric, Honegger, and Tailleferre.

Darius Milhaud's compositions are marked by their use of polytonality and jazz influences. His best-known works include the ballets "La Creation du monde" and "Le Boeuf sur le toit," as well as the opera "Les malheurs d'Orphelin."

Darius Milhaud was a prolific composer, and his output includes more than 400 works. He also taught composition at the Paris Conservatory and the Mills College where he taught Dave Brubeck.

Born: September 4, 1892
Birthplace: Marseille, France

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: June 22, 1974 (aged 81)

Historical Events

  • 1926-12-16 Darius Milhaud's opera "Le Pauvre Matelot" premieres in Paris
  • 1946-05-26 Darius Milhaud's 3rd Concerto for Piano and Orchestra premieres in Prague
  • 1946-12-20 Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres with the Boston Symphony conducted by the composer; the work was commissioned as a memorial to the wife of group's music director Serge Koussevitzky
  • 1947-10-30 Darius Milhaud's 3rd Symphony "Hymnus Ambrosianus," premieres in Paris
  • 1950-05-12 Darius Milhaud's opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris
  • 1952-01-05 Darius Milhaud's orchestral composition "West Point Suite", marking the US Military Academy's sesquicentennial, premieres at Carnegie Hall, NYC
  • 1954-04-30 Darius Milhaud's 4th Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (Op. 295) premieres in Haifa, Israel
  • 1960-03-29 Darius Milhaud's 9th Symphony, premieres
  • 1962-02-16 Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony premieres

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