Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger (hŭn´ēgər, Fr. ärtür ônāgĕr´), 1892–1955, Swiss-French composer, studied at the conservatories of Zürich and Paris. One of the group of Parisian composers called Les Six, he wrote music ranging from satire to intensely religious works that are marked by incisive rhythms and sharp dissonances, often the result of his use of polytonality. Besides Pacific 231 (1923)—the first of three mouvements symphoniques—his outstanding works are of a theatrical nature, such as ballets, the operas Judith (1926) and Antigone (1927, libretto by Jean Cocteau), music for films, including Mayerling (1935), and the stage oratorio King David (1921). He also set texts of Paul Claudel to music.

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Arthur Honegger
Harry Halbreich; Roger Nichols.
Amadeus Press, 1999
Musical Trends in the 20th Century
Norman Demuth.
Rockliff Publishing, 1975
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Arthur Honegger"
A History of Modern Music
Paul Collaer; Sally Abeles.
World, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Milhaud, Honegger, Auric, Poulenc: After the Six"
The Music Lover's Handbook
Elie Siegmeister.
William Morrow, 1943
Librarian’s tip: "Arthur Honegger: Pacific 231" begins on p. 232 and "Arthur Honegger and 'King David'" begins on p. 597
Composers of Today: A Comprehensive Biographical and Critical Guide to Modern Composers of All Nations
David Ewen; David Ewen.
H. W. Wilson, 1934
Librarian’s tip: "Arthur Honegger" begins on p. 119
Composers on Composers
John L. Holmes.
Greenwood Press, 1990
French Music: From the Death of Berlioz to the Death of Faure
Martin Cooper.
Oxford University Press, 1951
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Arthur Honegger begins on p. 192
Twentieth Century Music: How it Developed, How to Listen to It
Marion Bauer.
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1933
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XVI "The New Opera: Berg, Hindemith, Weill, Krenek, Honegger, Milhaud, Gruenberg, etc."
An Introduction to Twentieth Century Music
Peter S. Hansen.
Allyn and Bacon, 1961
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