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Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck premieres his To Hope: A Mass for a New Decade
Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and his quartet under the direction of Alexander Peloquin and his chorale played to the attendance of the National Association of pastoral Musicians late April 24, 1980 in the Providence Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. The performance was the premiere of Dave Brubeck’s “To Hope: A Mass for a New Decade.” Brubeck’s new Mass – interpolated improvisations—mixed with more formal music to provide a revitalization of church music. (UPI Photo/Anestis Diakopoulos/Files)
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Darius Milhaud (French pronunciation: ; 4 September 1892 – 22 June 1974) was a French composer and teacher. He was a member of Les Six—also known as The Group of Six—and one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century. His compositions are influenced by jazz and make use of polytonality (music in more than one key at once).

Born in Marseilles to a Jewish family from Aix-en-Provence, Milhaud studied in Paris at the Paris Conservatory where he met his fellow group members Arthur Honegger and Germaine Tailleferre. He studied composition under Charles Widor and harmony and counterpoint with André Gedalge. He also studied privately with Vincent d'Indy. As a young man he worked for a while in the diplomatic entourage of Paul Claudel, the eminent poet and dramatist, who was serving as French ambassador to Brazil.

On a trip to the United States in 1922, Darius Milhaud heard "authentic" jazz for the first time, on the streets of Harlem, which left a great impact on his musical outlook. The following year, he completed his composition "La création du monde" ("The Creation of the World"), using ideas and idioms from jazz, cast as a ballet in six continuous dance scenes.

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