Paul Dukas

(1865 - 1935)
Paul Dukas was born in 1865 in Paris. His fame primarily rests on a single orchestral work, the dazzling, ingenious L’Apprenti sorcier (1897; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). Dukas studied at the Paris Conservatory and, after winning a second Grand Prix de Rome with his cantata Velléda (1888), established his position among the younger French composers with the overture, first performed in 1892, to Pierre Corneille’s Polyeucte and with the Symphony in C Major (1896). The rest of his output was mainly dramatic and program music and compositions for piano. Dukas, a master of orchestration, was from 1910 to 1912 professor of the orchestral class at the Paris Conservatory, and from 1927 until his death he was professor of composition there.

Paul Dukas Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

La Peri (The Flower of Immortality)

Timpani + 5 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle, tambourine, xylophone

Sorcerer's Apprentice

Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
5 percussion
Glockenspiel, triangle, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal

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