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My happy life

Author: Darius Milhaud
Publisher: London ; New York : M. Boyars, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Darius Milhaud, born in Provence in 1892, was one of the major composers of the twentieth century and also one of its most prodigious. Over 450 of his works have been catalogued (and listed in this volume), including operas, large and small, eighteen string quartets, twelve symphonies and thirty concertos, as well as such popular classics as Le Boeuf sur le toit, La Creation du monde, Suite provencal and the Suite
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974.
My happy life.
London ; New York : M. Boyars, 1995
(OCoLC)639537076
Named Person: Darius Milhaud; Darius Milhaud
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Darius Milhaud
ISBN: 0714529575 9780714529578
OCLC Number: 30068107
Language Note: Translation of: Ma vie heureuse.
Description: 285 p. : ill., ports., pls. ; 24 cm.
Other Titles: Ma vie heureuse.
Responsibility: Darius Milhaud ; translated from the French by Donald Evans, George Hall, and Christopher Palmer ; with an introductory essay by Christopher Palmer.

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Darius Milhaud, born in Provence in 1892, was one of the major composers of the twentieth century and also one of its most prodigious. Over 450 of his works have been catalogued (and listed in this volume), including operas, large and small, eighteen string quartets, twelve symphonies and thirty concertos, as well as such popular classics as Le Boeuf sur le toit, La Creation du monde, Suite provencal and the Suite francaise. In My Happy Life, completed in 1972, two years before the composer's death, Milhaud tells the full story of his own personal life and artistic development. A secretary to the playwright Paul Claudel, a close friend of Satie, Cocteau and Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud was also a member, along with Georges Auric and Arthur Honneger, of the scandalous group of young French composers known simply as 'les Six.'.

While often regarded during his lifetime as an open-minded musician of wide tastes whose music spanned many styles from avant-garde to jazz, he is revealed here as a thinker of note and a graceful writer. He depicts with great generosity of feeling the revolution that modern music has undergone this century and his own role in it, giving a clear account of his attitude towards his work and that of his fellow composers.

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