Darius Milhaud

September 04, 1892 – June 22, 1974

Modern Period

Born in France

Darius Milhaud was a Jewish French composer who used elements of Jazz in his compositions. Born in Marseilles in 1892, he studied at the Paris Conservatory. On a trip to the United States in 1922 he heard real jazz for the first time. He wrote over 400 compositions, among them Suite Provencale (1936). Milhaud was also a music teacher; some of his famous pupils include Burt Bacharach and Dave Brubeck.