Arthur Honegger by Harry Halbreich

By Harry Halbreich

Arthur Honegger (1892--1955), Swiss via nationality, French by way of schooling and place of abode, was once a massive composer of the 20 th century. even if he earned well known acclaim early in his profession, in his later years his continuously tonal musical language used to be thought of outdated. His most vital works contain 5 symphonies, a wide physique of chamber song, and several other large-scale oratorios that mix choral and instrumental writing with declaimed narrative in a uniquely powerful means. HARDCOVER

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Three songs (now lost) date from this same period, on poems by Moréas, Hérold, and Guillard. It would be wrong, however, to think of Turly as being entirely absorbed in music. He remained a boy of his age and took a passionate interest in the bustling activity of the great port where he was fortunate enough to live. Here, I cannot resist the temptation of quoting Joseph Delteil (a close contemporary of Honegger) who, in a little-known passage, gives a poetic evocation of a city in which, by the way, he may never have set foot.

The same goes for Vidal's class.

It dates from the day in October 1942 on which she saved my life when, as a boy, I was welcomed by her and snatched from the talons of Vichy Francewhich, in spite of many great individual acts of courage and devotion to others, was incapable of assuring my own safety. " May this country, of which my first two dedicatees are citizens, accept this offering as my personal participation in the celebrations of her seven-hundredth anniversary. HARRY HALBREICH, AROLLA 25 JULY 1991 Page 9 PREFACE In writing this book, I have tried to say the last word on the subject for a number of years.

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