This work is likely not in the public domain in the US (due to first publication with the required notice after , plus renewal or “restoration” under the. Swiss / French composer Arthur Honegger (): Pacific ( Symphonic movement for orchestra); Rugby (Tone poem for orchestra);. 3, ‘Liturgique’ / Pacific / Rugby. By Arthur Honegger, Takuo Yuasa. • 7 songs. Play on Spotify. 1. Symphony No. 3, “Liturgique”: I. Dies irae: Allegro.

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He was a member of Les Six. His most frequently performed work is probably the orchestral work Pacificwhich was inspired by the sound of a steam locomotive. After studying for two years at the Zurich Conservatory he enrolled in the Paris Conservatoire from tostudying with both Charles-Marie Widor and Vincent d’Indy. He made his Paris compositional debut in and in wrote the ballet Le dit des jeux du mondegenerally considered to be his first characteristic work.

They lived apart for the duration of their marriage, with the exceptions of one year from to following Vaurabourg’s injury in a car accident, and the last year of Honegger’s life, when he was not well enough to live alone. They had one daughter, Pascale, born in Honegger also had a son, Jean-Claude —with the singer Claire Croiza.

In the early s, Honegger shot to fame with his “dramatic psalm” Le Roi David King Davidwhich is still in the choral repertoire. He composed nine ballets and three vocal stage works, amongst other works. In addition to his pieces written alone, he collaborated with Jacques Ibert on both an opera, L’Aiglonand an operetta.

Honegger always remained in touch with Switzerland, his parents’ country of origin, until the outbreak of the war and the invasion of the Nazis made it impossible for him to leave Paris. He joined the French Resistance and was generally unaffected by the Nazis themselves, who allowed him to continue his work without too much interference.


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However, he was greatly depressed by the war. Between its outbreak and his death, he wrote his last four symphonies numbers two to five which are among the most powerful symphonic works of the 20th century. Of these, the second, for strings, featuring a solo trumpet which plays a honeggfr tune in the style of Bach in the final movement, and the third, subtitled Symphonie Liturgique with three movements that evoke the Requiem Mass Dies iraeDe profundis clamavi and Dona nobis pacemare probably the best known.

Written in just after the end of the war, it has parallels with Benjamin Britten ‘s Sinfonia da Requiem of In contrast with this work is the lyrical, nostalgic Symphony No.

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Honegger was widely known as a train enthusiast, and once notably said: For me they are living creatures and I love them as others love women or horses. In he wrote his last composition, A Christmas Cantata. After a protracted illness, he died at home in Paris of a heart attack on 27 November and was interred in the Saint-Vincent Cemetery in the Montmartre Quarter.

The principal elements of Honegger’s style are: Bachian counterpoint, driving rhythms, melodic amplitude, highly coloristic harmonies, an impressionistic use of orchestral sonorities, and a concern for formal architecture. His style is weightier and more solemn than that of his colleagues in Les Six. Far from reacting against German romanticism as the other members of Les Six did, Honegger’s mature works show evidence of a distinct influence by it.


Despite the differences in their styles, he and fellow Les Six member Darius Milhaud were close friends, having studied together at the Paris Conservatoire. Milhaud dedicated his fourth string quintet to Honegger’s memory, while Francis Poulenc similarly dedicated his Clarinet Sonata. Honegger was pictured on the Swiss twenty franc banknote eighth seriesissued October and replaced in Honegger’s symphonic movement Rugby was recorded with him conducting the Paris Symphony Orchestra in a electrical recording, which can be heard on YouTube.

The ice hockey player Doug Honegger is his grandnephew. Opus numbers originate from the complete catalogue by Harry Halbreich. For a longer list of compositions, see List of compositions by Arthur Honegger. For a list of select recordings, see Arthur Honegger discography.

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