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By Harry Halbreich

ISBN-10: 1574670417

ISBN-13: 9781574670417

Arthur Honegger (1892--1955), Swiss via nationality, French via schooling and place of dwelling, used to be an enormous composer of the twentieth century. even if he earned well known acclaim early in his profession, in his later years his always tonal musical language was once thought of superseded. His most vital works comprise 5 symphonies, a wide physique of chamber song, and a number of other large-scale oratorios that mix choral and instrumental writing with declaimed narrative in a uniquely potent means. HARDCOVER

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Arthur Honegger (1892--1955), Swiss by way of nationality, French by way of schooling and place of dwelling, used to be an immense composer of the twentieth century. even if he earned well known acclaim early in his occupation, in his later years his continuously tonal musical language was once thought of outdated. His most important works contain 5 symphonies, a wide physique of chamber track, and several other large-scale oratorios that mix choral and instrumental writing with declaimed narrative in a uniquely powerful approach.

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Then, under the influence of Lohengrin, he concocted a second opera, Sigismond, of which I have found no trace. Its three or four tableaux covered sixty-seven sheets of music. It was his mother who helped him to put these early attempts together by amplifying his still elementary theoretical knowledge. And on this point, Hélène Jourdan-Morhange cites a curious detail: for Honegger as a child, the upbeat did not exista syncopation on the first beat did the same job perfectly well. " 2 We shall return to this point when we look at Antigone.

It was there that Arthur, the composer's father, was born on 9 October 1851, the son of Caspar Honegger and Rosalie, née Hasler, also a native of the canton of Zurich. Arthur senior left Zurich for Le Havre to join a large Swiss colony, composed mostly of tradesmen and wholesalers, but came back to Zurich to marry, on 11 May 1891, Julie Ulrich, the daughter of Johann Caspar Ulrich and Margaretha Hausheer. She was born in Zurich on 22 June 1859, and so was nearly eight years younger than he. The Ulrichs were one of the oldest Zurich families and when, in 1935, Arthur Honegger had to establish proof of his "Aryanism" to be allowed to collaborate on a film in Germany, he was able to follow the Ulrich family tree back as far as 1535.

I'm working hard on counterpoint and fugue. Gédalge is urging me insistently to compose," he wrote his parents. 6 But at the beginning of March, he warned them that he would not be able to take the Conservatory exam on 23 June because he had been summoned by the Rekrutenschule (the school for Swiss army recruits) to serve in defending the country's frontiers. 7 In fact, the end of the work was still some way off, but certainly the second (undated) of the three different versions of the first movement comes from this period.

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