Milestones, Jul. 8, 1974

Died. Darius Milhaud, 81, French composer of some 450 symphonies, operas, quartets, concertos and other works; of an apparent heart attack; in Geneva. Just after World War I, Milhaud became a member of Les Six, an informal group of irreverent young composers. His racy treatment of Brazilian popular songs, Le Boeuf sur le Toit, caused an uproar at its Paris première. La Création du Monde, the 1923 ballet that is perhaps his masterpiece, was the first major classical composition effectively to incorporate elements of jazz. Of Provencal Jewish lineage, Milhaud fled the Nazis in 1940. Throughout World War II he taught...

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