Biography of Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)

Milhaud with his wife and the composer André Amellér
Milhaud, his wife and André Amellér (with kind permission of Jean-Hervé Amellér)
04.09.1892
Born in Aix-en-Provence, his father is an amateur piano player
1899
First violin lessons
1909
Student at Paris conservatory: composition and counterpoint with Andre Gedalge, Charles-Marie Widor and Paul Dukas, Dirigat bei Vincent d´Indy
1916
For two years secretary of his friend Paul Claudel in diplomatic services in Brazil
1918
Member of Groupe des Six
1922
Composition of Sonatine for flute and piano, the premier of which in the following year in Paris was played by Fleury
1940
Escape of national socialists, because of being jewish, to America. Lectorship for composition at Mills College Oakland.
05.03.1941
Premiere of the woodwind quintet "La Cheminee du Roi Rene op. 205" at Mills college. The composition based on the collaboration with Desormieres and Arthur Honegger for a score to a film music.
1947
Return to france, lectorship at Paris conservatory
1948
Musical head of french broadcasting service
Until 1959 music for 25 movies, alltogether about 450 works and thus one of the most productive composers of twentieth century
1971
Relocation to Geneva
22.06.1974
Dies in Geneva, leaving the enormous nomber of 443 compositions
He spent about half of his live in a wheel chair. Nvertheless he was on several journies at all times. His music was significantly influenced by those impressions.

Sheet music for flute:

Sonatine
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(flute, piano)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Tendre
  2. Souple
  3. Clair
Very difficult for the piano. But really beautiful.
Written in 1922 and dedicated to Louis Fleury


Two Sketches (Bearbeitung)
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(flute, oboe, clarinet in A or in B flat, bassoon, horn in F)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Madrigal - Moderato
  2. Pastoral - Anime, mais sans hate
Parts and score. Clarinet is included in both tunings. Each part only one page.
Originally for piano (two movements out of originally four)


CDs with/from Darius Milhaud

Athena Ensemble
jpc
    La Cheminee du Roi Rene, Op. 205:
  1. I. Cortege (01:54:00)
  2. II. Aubade (01:49:00)
  3. III. Jongleurs (01:05:00)
  4. IV. La Maousinglade (02:22:00)
  5. VI. Chasse a Valabre (01:35:00)
  6. VII. Madrigal-Nocturne (02:54:00)
  7. Suite d apres Corrette, Op. 161b:
  8. I. Entree et Rondeau (01:33:00)
  9. II. Tambourin (00:25:00)
  10. III. Musette (00:41:00)
  11. IV. Serenade (01:06:00)
  12. V. Fanfare (00:32:00)
  13. VI. Rondeau (00:59:00)
  14. VII. Menuets 1, 2 & 3 (02:16:00)
  15. VIII. Le Coucou (00:55:00)
  16. Divertissement en trois parties Op. 299b:
  17. I. Balance (03:48:00)
  18. II. Dramatique (03:02:00)
  19. III. Joyeux (03:30:00)
  20. Pastorale Op. 147 (03:42:00)
  21. Two Sketches, Op. 227b:
  22. I. Madrigal (03:10:00)
  23. Two Sketches, Op. 227b (05:38:00)
Avalon Bläserquintett
Französische Bläserquintette (2000)
Werke von Taffanel, Ravel, Milhaud & Jolivet
    Paul Taffanel: Quintette pour instruments a vent:
  1. I Allegro con moto (10:08:00)
  2. II Andante (05:41:00)
  3. III Vivace (07:08:00)
  4. Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin:
  5. I Prelude (03:06:00)
  6. II Fugue (03:17:00)
  7. III Menuet (04:13:00)
  8. IV Rigaudon (02:55:00)
  9. Darius Milhaud: La Cheminee du Roi Rene op. 205:
  10. I Cortege (00:00:01)
  11. II Aubade (00:00:01)
  12. III Jongleurs (01:09:00)
  13. IV La Maousinglade (02:31:00)
  14. V Joutes sur L'arc (00:48:00)
  15. VI Chasse a Valabre (01:28:00)
  16. VII Madrigal-Nocturne (02:16:00)
  17. André Jolivet: Serenade:
  18. I Cantilene (03:28:00)
  19. II Caprice (03:37:00)
  20. III Intermede (03:48:00)
  21. IV Marche burlesque (05:08:00)
Eric Le Sage, Francois Meyer, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud
French Connection (2005)
  1. Dimitrij Schostakowitsch: Waltz No. 3 (02:52:00)
  2. Heitor Villa-Lobos: Choros No. 2 (02:28:00)
  3. Florent Schmitt: Sonatine en trio Op. 85:
  4. I. Assez anime (02:18:00)
  5. II. Assez vif (02:18:00)
  6. III. Tres lent (02:32:00)
  7. IV Anime (01:21:00)
  8. Darius Milhaud: Sonate Op. 47:
  9. I. Tranquille (07:05:00)
  10. II. Joyeux (03:06:00)
  11. III. Emporte (01:55:00)
  12. IV. Douloureux (06:18:00)
  13. André Jolivet: Sonatine:
  14. I. Andantino (03:29:00)
  15. II. Quasi cadenza (02:44:00)
  16. III. Intermezzo (03:34:00)
  17. Maurice Emmanuel: Sonate Op. 11:
  18. I. Allegro con spirito (04:03:00)
  19. II. Adagio (05:11:00)
  20. III Molto allegro e leggierissimo (03:33:00)
  21. Dimitrij Schostakowitsch: Waltz No. 4 (02:11:00)
Eine meiner Lieblingsscheiben. Tolle Musik und super gespielt. Interessante Zusammenstellung dieser nicht alltäglichen Besetzungen.
Danish National Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet, Ralf Gothoni
French Music for Wind Quintet (2005)
Poulenc - Ibert - Milhaud - Francaix
    Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and wind quintet:
  1. Allegro vivace (08:11:00)
  2. Divertissement - Andantino (04:49:00)
  3. Finale - Prestissimo (05:40:00)
  4. Jacques Ibert: Trois pieces breves:
  5. Allegro (00:00:02)
  6. Andante (01:38:00)
  7. Assez lent - Allegro scherzando (02:53:00)
  8. Darius Milhaud: La cheminee du roi Rene, op. 205:
  9. Cortege (02:04:00)
  10. Aubade (01:49:00)
  11. Jongleurs (01:11:00)
  12. La Maousinglade (02:34:00)
  13. Joutes sur l´arc (00:54:00)
  14. Chasse a Valabre (00:00:01)
  15. Madrigal - Nocturne (02:36:00)
  16. Jean Françaix: Wind Quintet No. 1:
  17. Andante tranquillo - Allegro assai (04:27:00)
  18. Presto (04:36:00)
  19. Theme and Variations Andante - L´istesso tempo - Andantino con moto - Lento - Vivo - Andante (07:05:00)
  20. Tempo di marcia francese (04:19:00)
Pro Arte Wind Quintet
    Jacques Ibert: Trois Pieces Breves:
  1. Allegro (02:28:00)
  2. Andante (01:33:00)
  3. Assez lent; Allegro scherzando (03:01:00)
  4. Jean Françaix: Quintette (1948):
  5. Andante tranquillo; Allegro assai (04:11:00)
  6. Presto - Trio Un poco piu lento (04:02:00)
  7. Tema con Variazioni (06:28:00)
  8. Tempo di marcia francese (04:00:00)
  9. Decide (03:58:00)
  10. Romance (02:38:00)
  11. Final (04:29:00)
  12. Arthur Honegger: Danse de la Chevre (03:45:00)
  13. Darius Milhaud: La Cheminee du Roi Rene:
  14. Cortege (02:01:00)
  15. Aubade (01:39:00)
  16. Jongleurs (01:13:00)
  17. La Maousinglade (02:23:00)
  18. Joutes dur l'Art (00:56:00)
  19. Chasse a Valabre (01:34:00)
  20. Madrigal - Nocturne (02:23:00)
Mihae Lee, Kurt Redel
Musique Francaise pour flute et piano (1993)
jpc
    Francis Poulenc: Sonate:
  1. Allegro malincolico (04:26:00)
  2. Cantilena (03:55:00)
  3. Presto giocoso (03:38:00)
  4. Albert Roussel: Andante et Scherzo op. 51 (04:41:00)
  5. Anime - Tendre (05:27:00)
  6. Maurice Ravel: Piece en forme de habanera (02:27:00)
  7. Albert Roussel: Joueurs de flute, op. 27:
  8. Pan (03:07:00)
  9. Tityre (01:06:00)
  10. Krishna (03:32:00)
  11. Mr. de la Pejaudie (01:48:00)
  12. Albert Roussel: Aria (02:31:00)
  13. Claude Debussy: Syrinx (02:40:00)
  14. Darius Milhaud: Sonatine:
  15. Tendre (04:16:00)
  16. Souple (00:00:02)
  17. Clair (02:39:00)
Eric Le Sage, Emmanuel Pahud
Paris (1997)
jpc
    Francis Poulenc: Sonate:
  1. I. Allegro malinconico (04:38:00)
  2. II. Cantilena (04:16:00)
  3. III. Presto giocoso (03:38:00)
  4. Henri Dutilleux: Sonatine:
  5. Allegro (03:58:00)
  6. Andante (01:18:00)
  7. Anime (03:56:00)
  8. Moderato (04:03:00)
  9. Andante espressivo (03:19:00)
  10. Anime (02:02:00)
  11. Anime (02:41:00)
  12. Tendre (02:33:00)
  13. Darius Milhaud: Sonatine:
  14. Tendre (03:43:00)
  15. Souple (02:28:00)
  16. Clair (02:25:00)
  17. Jacques Ibert: Aria (03:44:00)
  18. Olivier Messiaen: Le merle noir (05:57:00)
  19. André Jolivet: Chant de Linos (11:19:00)

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Last edit 22.12.2012