Arthur Honegger biography
 

Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger Biography


Arthur Honegger (March 10, 1892 – November 27, 1955) was a Swiss composer, who lived a large part of his life in Paris. He was a member of Les Six. His most frequently performed work is probably the orchestral work Pacific 2311, which imitates the sound of a steam locomotive.

Born Arthur Oscar Honegger in Le Havre, France. He initially studied harmony and violin in Paris, and after a brief period in Zürich, returned there to study with Charles Widor and Vincent d'Indy. He continued to study through the 1910s, before writing the ballet Le dit des jeux du monde in 1918, generally considered to be his first characteristic work.

Between World War I and World War II, Honegger was very prolific, composing nine ballets and three operas, amongst other works. One of those operas, Jeanne d'Arc au bűcher (1935) is thought of as one of his finest works.

Honegger had always remained in touch with Switzerland, his root country, but with the outbreak of the war and the invasion of the Nazis, he found himself trapped in 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, but it is said that he was greatly depressed by the war. Nonetheless, between its outbreak and his death, he wrote his last four symphonies (numbers two to five), which are quite frequently performed and recorded.

Arthur Honegger died on November 27, 1955 and was interred in the Cimetičre Saint-Vincent in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris.

Although Honegger was a member of Les Six, his work does not typically share the playfulness and simplicity of the other members of that group. Far from reacting against the romanticism of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss as the other members of Les Six did, Honegger's mature works show evidence of a distinct influence by it.



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Intrada pour trompette en Ut et piano (H.193) (Trumpet in C and Piano). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). For trumpet solo and piano accompaniment (Trumpet). Salabert Editions. 20th Century. Difficulty: difficult. Trumpet solo single. Standard notation and piano accompaniment. 8 pages. Editions Salaber

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Danse de la Chevre (for Solo Flute). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Edited by Patrick Butin. Flute. Woodwind Solo. 6 pages. Editions Salabert #SEMS8438B. Published by Editions Salabert

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Sonatine (Clarinet and Piano). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Clarinet. Woodwind Solo. 16 pages. Editions Salabert #SRL11514X. Published by Editions Salabert

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Piano Album (Piano Solo). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Piano Collection. 112 pages. Editions Salabert #SEAS18786. Published by Editions Salabert

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Sonatina (Score and Parts). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). String. 44 pages. Editions Salabert #SEMS8495. Published by Editions Salabert

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Pacific 231 (Symphonic Movement for Orchestra). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Study Score. Eulenburg Taschenpartituren (Pocket Scores). Study Score. 50 pages. Schott Music #ETP1397. Published by Schott Music

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Pacific 231 (Reduction) (Piano Duet). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Piano. 16 pages. Editions Salabert #SEMS6550. Published by Editions Salabert

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Symphony No. 3 (Liturgique) "(2 Pianos, 4 Hands). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Edited by Dmitri Shostakovich. Piano. 74 pages. Editions Durand #SLB5715. Published by Editions Durand"

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Chant de Joie (Piano Duet). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Piano Duet. Editions Salabert #SEMS6553. Published by Editions Salabert

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King David (Vocal Score (English)). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Schott. 93 pages. Hug Musikverlage #HUG1665. Published by Hug Musikverlage

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MíŠlodies et Chansons (Voice and Piano). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Voice and Piano. Vocal Collection. 112 pages. Editions Salabert #SEAS18772N. Published by Editions Salabert

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Deux Pieces By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). For organ. Canons/Fugues; Original Works. 20th Century. Score. Composed 1919. Published by Masters Music Publications Inc.

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Pacific 231 (Study Score). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Score. Study Score. 44 pages. Editions Salabert #SEMS6443P. Published by Editions Salabert

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Symphony No. 2 (Study Score). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Score. Study Score. Book only. 48 pages. Editions Salabert #SEAS14303P. Published by Editions Salabert

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Cello Concerto - Cello/Piano (Set of performance parts). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Cello. String Solo. 32 pages. Editions Salabert #SEMS8247. Published by Editions Salabert

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King David (Choral Score (English)). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Schott. 40 pages. Hug Musikverlage #HUG6002. Published by Hug Musikverlage

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Symphony No. 4 (Deliciae basilienses) (Study Score). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Score. Study Score. 80 pages. Editions Salabert #SEAS14760. Published by Editions Salabert

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Violin Works ((Oeuvres pour Violon)). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Violin. Editions Durand. 130 pages. Editions Durand #SLB5737. Published by Editions Durand

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Rugby (Study Score). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Score. Study Score. 61 pages. Editions Salabert #SEMS7825. Published by Editions Salabert

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Jeanne d'Arc au Bíécher (Joan of Arc at the Stake) (Study Score). By Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Score. Choral Large Works. Book only. 261 pages. Editions Salabert #SEAS15615. Published by Editions Salabert

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