the poem in English
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Goethe (1749 - 1832) was a German scientist, poet and philosopher, and wrote the poem that inspired the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Goethe had a profound influence on the history of German art music: since the late eighteenth century, over 700 of his poems have been set by nearly 600 composers as Lieder for voice and piano.
Paul Dukas (1865 - 1935) was a friend of Debussy who found an early musical career as a critic and as an orchestrator. His self criticism led him to destroy many of his compositions and only allow a small number of works to be published. He remained influential and respected as a teacher throughout his life.
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