Album Review

Milhaud, Darius – “Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit/La Creation Du Monde” – [Nonesuch Records]

Cousin Mary   3/18/2009   12-inch, A Library

Two early works of Darius Milhaud (pronounced
“DAR-yus MEE-yoh”) conducted by the composer

???Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit??? was composed in 1919. It
has obvious Brazilian influence ??? Milhaud had just
traveled there.

???La Creation Du Monde??? was composed for a
ballet concerning an African creation story. It has
strong jazz elements that Milhaud is likely to have
picked up while observing jazz musicians in London
and Harlem. It is reminiscent of some Gershwin works,
and was composed around the same time ??? in 1923.

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