Discussion About Darius Milhaud and His Work: Double Piano Cento Scaramouch

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Darius Milhaud is one of the most influential and productive composers in French during the twentieth century. In his nearly 60 years of music composing career, he created more than 400 pieces of works. Although he spent most of his life of 82 years in France, Brazil and United States served as two important windows for acquiring information from the outside world for him. He traveled back and forth between these three places in a cycle manner, that is, [A] France – [B] Brazil – [A1] France – [C] America – [A2] France, which can also be called a “cyclic” life experience. Milhaud’s double piano cento Scaramouch is one of the representative works in the double piano performing form, which is also very popular in our country’s piano field. Although it is a cento consisting of three movements, each movement has many similarities in the structure of musical form, such as the macro structure of each movement is all the compound ternary form, and the first section of which is all the simple binary form, and so on. The main factor that can be used to compare each movement is the music content.


Milhaud; Life experience; Scaramouch

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