Arthur Honegger

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... read moreSwiss by birth, Arthur Honegger (1892-1955) was one of the twentieth century's greatest French composers. Aligned with the group Les Six from 1920, Honegger made his first impression with the oratorio Le Roi David (1921); not long after Honegger composed his most famous, the symphonic poem Pacific ...

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Hommage Du Trombone Exprimant La Tristesse De L'auteur Absent
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Trois Pieces Pour Piano: Prelude
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Danse De La Chevre
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Pastorale D'été


Active: 1900s-1950s
Country Of origin: Switzerland

A Swiss composer of operas, chamber music, and orchestral music who was influenced in his early work by the impressionists and Stravinsky's modernism. Honegger used a personal style in his main work that is densely bitonal, classically polyphonic, and emotionally austere. This is especially apparent in the beautiful Symphony for String Orchestra No. 2, with a mysteriously emerging trumpet solo in the last movement -- a work written in occupied Paris of WWII. His oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher is a significant work told in a series of episodic "flashbacks," a form that fits well with the music. ~ Blue Gene Tyranny~ Rovi

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