Paul Dukas: Symphony in C
The symphony wasn’t the most popular genre for French composers heading into the 20th Century; there’s really only a handful that we still listen to that were composed between 1885 and 1900. Even then, we mostly only know the symphony composed by Cesar Franck, his Symphony in D minor. One French symphony that often gets overlooked is the Symphony in C by Paul Dukas, a work that he completed a year after the famous tone poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. In his only symphony, Dukas infuses a kind of musical language featuring chromatic harmonies and exuberant optimism. It’s our Evening Masterwork, tonight at 7: the Symphony in C by Paul Dukas on Classical WSMR.