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1892 – Darius Milhaud was born on 4th September in Aix-en-Provence into a merchant family.
1899 – takes first violin lessons.
1905 – first compositions.
1909 – begins his musical training under Paul Dukas (orchestra), André Gédalge (counterpoint), Charles Marie Widor (composition) and Vincent d´Indy (orchestra conducting) at the Paris Conservatoire.
1912 – meets the poet Paul Claudel with whom he has a life-long friendship and artistic co-operation
1917 – 1st Symphony for small orchestra op. 43.
1917/1918 – the composer accompanies the ambassador Paul Claudel to Rio de Janeiro as attaché. He gets acquainted with Brazilian folklore and popular music which have a strong influence on his music in the following years.
1919 – Machines agricoles for medium voice and 7 instruments.
1920 – Ballade for piano and orchestra op. 61.
1923 – Opera La Brebis égarée; 6th Symphony for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, oboe and violoncello op. 79.
1925 – marries his cousin Madeleine.
1928 – Opera Christophe Colombe.
1929 – Concert for viola and orchestra op. 108; Concert for percussion and small orchestra op. 109.
1930 – Opera Maximilian.
1936 – Suite provençale for orchestra.
1940 – Emigration into the USA. Teaching post at Mills College (California) until 1971.
1943 – Opera Bolivar.
as of 1947 – Milhaud teaches at the Paris Conservatoire.
1954 – Five-act opera David.
1956 – President of the ‘Académie du Disque Français’.
1974 – Darius Milhaud dies on 22nd June in Geneva.