Paul Dukas (1865-1935) was a composer and conductor, born in Paris, France. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire, with amongst others Dubois and Guiraud.
Dukas wrote a number of works for orchestra, choir, and other ensembles, but many of these he destroyed, being a perfectionist and unhappy with them.
His best-known work is the orchestral piece L’apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice).
Later in his life he was appointed professor of composition at the Conservatoire de Paris and the École Normale de Musique; his pupils included Maurice Duruflé and Olivier Messiaen.