Composer. His witty orchestral scherzo "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (1897) is one of the most popular pieces of concert music ever written. It has been recorded many times and served as the centerpiece for Walt Disney's "Fantasia" (1940), with Mickey Mouse appearing as the apprentice. Dukas' other major works were more heavily influenced by Impressionism. They are the Symphony in C Major (1897), the opera "Ariane et Barbe-bleue" (1907), and the ballet "La Peri" (1912). Dukas was born in Paris. He studied at the Paris Conservatory from 1882 to 1890 and was a professor there from 1910 until his death. A painstaking, self-critical composer, Dukas published very little and destroyed most of what he wrote after 1912. In 1935 he was elected to France's Academy of Fine Arts.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards