Monday was the birthday of French composer Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)! Milhaud was a member of a group of French composers called “Les Six“, inspired by the group of Russian composers known as “The Five”.
Milhaud studied at the Paris Conservatory, but during a trip to the United States he discovered Jazz music, which would have an influence on his compositions throughout his life. Milhaud emigrated to America in 1940, and after the war he would bounce back and forth between California and France.
Milhaud was also a music teacher and some of his well-known students include jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, and songwriter Burt Bacharach.
Here’s my absolute favorite work by Milhaud – Le bœuf sur le toit:
And here’s an excerpt from another ballet, La création du monde: