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Paul Dukas Correspondence with Marguerite Hasselmans, and Related Materials.

Call Number: MSS 107

Scope and Contents

Paul Dukas' correspondence with Marguerite Hasselmans spans the years 1907 to 1933 and includes 86 autograph letters and 50 postcards adressed to Marguerite Hasselmans, signed with initials ("PD") or in full ("Paul Dukas"). The collection also includes three letters from Paul Dukas to Gabriel Fauré and contains 15 letters and postcards to Marguerite Hasselmans or her father Alphonse and her brother Louis, written by Paul Poujaud, Jules Massenet, Benjamin Godard, Pauline Viardot, Pierre Lalo and Camille Saint-Saëns.


  • 1893-1933


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Paul Dukas Correspondence with Marguerite Hasselmans, and Related Materials is the physical property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights belong to the composers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Sotheby's in 2009.


In 2 series as follows: I. Paul Dukas' Correspondence. II. Other Correspondence.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence between the French composer and critic Paul Dukas (1865-1935) and his friend Marguerite Hasselmans, a concert pianist and Gabriel Fauré’s mistress.

Biographical / Historical

Paul Dukas was born in Paris on October 1, 1865. He studied composition at the Paris Conservatoire with Ernest Guiraud; in 1928, Dukas himself became a professor of composition at the Conservatoire. Like Schumann, Debussy, and Thomson, Dukas was a prominent music critic as well as a composer. He composed a variety of works, mostly for orchestra, voice, or piano. He was not prolific, and he destroyed numerous pieces that did not meet his standards. His most frequently performed composition is The Sorcerer's Apprentice. He died in Paris on May 17, 1935.

Marguerite Hasselmans (1876–1947), daughter of the harpist and composer Alphonse Hasselmans, was a concert pianist and Gabriel Fauré’s mistress and constant companion until the end of his days. She was also a close friend of Paul Dukas and Isaac Albéniz. She was beautiful and cultivated; she was interested in philosophy, she read Russian, and she behaved like a modern young woman, for example by smoking and wearing makeup in public. She was appreciated by her contemporaries for her musical talents, her conversation and her delicacy.

Register to Paul Dukas Correspondence with Marguerite Hasselmans, and Related Materials
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Finding aid written in English.

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