- Ann T. Keene
Milhaud, Darius (04 September 1892–22 June 1974), composer, was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, the son of Gabriel Milhaud, an almond importer, and Sophie Allatini Milhaud. Both parents were Jewish. His father's family was of the Comtadin sect, a branch of Judaism that had prospered in southern France for hundreds of years, and his mother, born in Marseilles, was a descendant of Italian Sephardim. Sophie Milhaud had studied voice before her marriage, and both parents were music enthusiasts. Young Darius was an accomplished pianist by the age of four, and he began violin studies several years later. During his youth he played often with his parents and also performed in a local string quartet. He decided on a career in music early on....