My Happy Life

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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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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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The French composer named his memoir to contradict a student's assumption that art required suffering-a Germanic sentiment in the eyes of the very Mediterranean Milhaud (1892-1974). In fact, he could have laid claim to suffering: Much of his early work was dismissed by critics, he fell victim to crippling rheumatism in his 30s, and in 1940, he was forced to flee France because he was Jewish. Instead he chose to focus on his rich friendships and collaborations with, among others, Eric Satie, Fernand Leger, Jean Cocteau, Juan Gris and, rather ironically, Paul Claudel and Francis Jammes, both pious Catholics. Still, he was best known as a member of "The Six," an artificial creation of one critic: "Quite arbitrarily he had chosen six names: Auric, Durey, Honegger, Poulenc, Tailleferre and my own, merely because we knew one another," Milhaud recalled, adding, "I fundamentally disapproved of joint declarations of aesthetic doctrines, and felt them to be unreasonable limitations on the artist's imagination." But "The Six" stuck, as did Milhaud's reputation as a musical jokester after Le Boeuf sur le Toit. This straightforward memoir portrays a modest man (sometimes too modest, given the moment of the era) and one who brought to his music an eager and very open mind-he early on adopted jazz for La Creation du Monde and Brazilian songs in Saudades do Brazil. References springing from Milhaud's full life could have been better served by notes (e.g. identifying playwright and Rosicrucian, Josephin Peladan would have clarified a passing reference to "Sar Peladan"). Photos not seen by PW.
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