Personalities | Arthur Honegger | Modern Era | Classical

(Är-tür’ Ô-ne-gâr’) 1892–1955
Swiss composer

Honegger studied in Paris, and was soon bracketed with five French contemporaries as ‘Les Six’, but his idiom was tougher and less Gallic than theirs. He made his name with a powerful, neo-Handelian scenic cantata Le roi David (‘King David’; first performed at an outdoor festival in Switzerland, 1921). He wrote orchestral works on such subjects as Rugby (football) and Pacific 231 (a locomotive) and a distinguished series of five symphonies. His dramatic works include operas such as Judith (1926), Antigone (1927) and the staged oratorio Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (‘Joan of Arc at the Stake’, 1938).

Recommended Recording:
Symphony No. 3, ‘Liturgique’, Czech PO (cond) Serge Baudo (Supraphon)

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