Honegger, Arthur

   Born in Le Havre of swiss parentage, Arthur Honegger, who is regarded as one of the most important French composers of the early 20th century, began his musical career as an impressionist and gradually evolved a personal style characterized by dissonance, strong rhythms, and an emphasis on counterpoint. He studied at the zurich and Paris Conservatories. Early in his career he became a member of Les six, a group devoted to the development of a more robust form of musical composition, inspired often by the music of J. s. Bach and also by the writings of such poets as jean cocteau and Guillaume Apollinaire. Honegger's ability to describe realistically in music various aspects of contemporary life is exemplified by his two orchestral compositions, Pacific 231 (1923), which is a musical description of a steam engine, and Rugby (1928). His other works include the theatrical compositions Le Roi David (1925), Judith (1925), Jeanne au bûcher (1935), and La Danse des morts (1938), the last two with texts by paul claudel. He also composed an operetta, Les Aventures du roi Pausole (1930); an opera, L'Aiglon (1937); and a Cantate de Noël (1953). In his later works, Honegger reveals his sense of disillusionment with the barbarity of the modern world and its loss of personal freedom. There are echoes of these sentiments in Incantation aux fossiles (1948) and Je suis compositeur (1951), a type of autobiographical composition.

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  • Honegger, Arthur — born March 10, 1892, Le Havre, France died Nov. 27, 1955, Paris French composer. Born to Swiss French parents, he studied in Zürich, then at the Paris Conservatory. One of the group known as Les Six, though not truly in sympathy with its aims, he …   Universalium

  • Honegger, Arthur — (10 March 1892, Le Havre – 27 November 1955, Paris)    One of Les Six, a group of composers who included Darius Milhaud and Arthur Honegger, he is noted for his five oratorios, particularly Le Roi David ( King David, 1921), his most frequently… …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • Honegger,Arthur — Hon·eg·ger (hŏnʹĭ gər, hōʹnĕg ər, ô nĕ gĕrʹ), Arthur. 1892 1955. French born Swiss composer. A proponent of the modern movement in French music, he is remembered for a number of compositions, including Pacific 231 (1923). * * * …   Universalium

  • Honegger, Arthur — (n. 10 mar. 1892, La Haya, Francia–27 nov. 1955, París). Compositor francés. Nacido de padres suizo franceses, estudió en Zürich y luego en el conservatorio de París. Fue uno de los integrantes del llamado Les Six, aunque no simpatizaba realmente …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Arthur honneger — Arthur Honegger Pour les articles homonymes, voir Honegger. Arthur Honegger …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Arthur Honegger — Honegger on the 1996 Swiss 20 franc note. Arthur Honegger (pronounced [aʁ.tyʁ ɔ.nɛ.gɛːʁ]; 10 March 1892 – 27 November 1955) was a Swiss composer, who was born in France and lived a large part of his life in Paris. He was a member of Les six. His… …   Wikipedia

  • Arthur Honegger (Schriftsteller) — Arthur Honegger (* 27. September 1924 in St. Gallen) ist ein Schweizer Journalist, Schriftsteller und Politiker. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Auszeichnungen 3 Werke …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Honegger — (Arthur) (1892 1955) compositeur suisse; l un des fondateurs du groupe des Six. Abordant tous les genres (mélodies, sonates, concertos, quatuors à cordes, etc.), il excella surtout dans la musique symphonique: Pacific 231 (1923), Rugby (1928), Di …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Arthur Honegger — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Honegger. Arthur Honegger …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Arthur — /ahr theuhr/, n. 1. Chester Alan, 1830 86, 21st president of the U.S. 1881 85. 2. legendary king in ancient Britain: leader of the Knights of the Round Table. 3. a male given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Port Arthur Adamov Arthur Arthur s …   Universalium

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