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Born: 1892, Marseilles, France
Died: 1974, Geneva, Switzerland
"I have no esthetic rules, or philosophy, or theories. I love to write music. I always do it with pleasure, otherwise I just do not write it."
Milhaud was able to compose anywhere, anytime, and left an enormous bounty of works in every genre and medium - 16 operas, 18 string quartets, 12 symphonies, 28 film scores, 21 concertos, 17 ballets, dozens of songs, children's music, and on and on in bewildering profusion. He was a pioneer in the exploitation of jazz, aleatoric techniques, and polytonality. A love of percussion is readily apparent in his work, as is a sincere, deeply personal lyric voice. He traveled widely and often, always alert to musical inspiration wherever he was.
La création du monde (ballet, 1923)
ORTF National Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
Scaramouche (suite for 2 pianos, 1937)
Noël Lee, Christian Ivaldi (EMI Classics)