Milhaud – Cantate de l’enfant et de la mère / La muse ménagère


Darius Milhaud was a French composer of the 20th century. He is one of the six composers living in the rue Montparnasse in Paris around 1920, that were collectively known as Les Six. These composers were all writing neoclassical works, as a reaction to the omni-present Wagner and the impressionists Debussy and Ravel. Says the wiki page. I mostly know Milhaud and his colleague of the Six Poulenc as nervous composers that make jazzy music.

Milhaud is perhaps best known for his short piece for small orchestra titled Le Bœuf sur le toit (the ox on the roof). Milhaud was influenced by Brazilian music, and in later life used a lot of jazz motifs in his music. Also, he has been the teacher of greats like Dave Brubeck, Burt Bacherach, Philip Glass, Steve Reich Stockhausen and Xenakis. His music is of enormous importance for those later composers.

The work on this record is not known to me. I cannot find much about it, and other than this recording it seems there is none made. Milhaud has written a total of 443 works in his life, so it was not all Ox on the roof, so much is clear. I would have expected to find a little more though. The stereo release of this recording is a lot more expensive, but alas, this one is in mono.

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