13 Facts About Arthur Honegger


Arthur Honegger was a Swiss composer who was born in France and lived a large part of his life in Paris.

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Arthur Honegger made his Paris compositional debut in 1916 and in 1918 wrote the ballet Le dit des jeux du monde, generally considered to be his first characteristic work.

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Arthur Honegger had a son, Jean-Claude, with the singer Claire Croiza.

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Arthur Honegger composed the music for Abel Gance's epic 1927 film, Napoleon, which was preceded by J'accuse and La Roue.

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Arthur Honegger composed nine ballets and three vocal stage works, amongst other works.

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Arthur Honegger always remained in touch with Switzerland, his parent's country of origin, until the outbreak of the war and the invasion of the Nazis made it impossible for him to leave Paris.

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Arthur Honegger joined the French Resistance and was generally unaffected by the Nazis themselves, who allowed him to continue his work without too much interference.

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Arthur Honegger taught composition at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where his students included Yves Ramette.

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Many of Arthur Honegger's works were championed by his longtime friend Georges Tzipine, who conducted the premiere recordings of some of them.

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Arthur Honegger was given a state funeral by the French government, although he remained a Swiss national and never took French citizenship.

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Principal elements of Arthur Honegger's style are Bachian counterpoint, driving rhythms, melodic amplitude, highly coloristic harmonies, an impressionistic use of orchestral sonorities, and a concern for formal architecture.

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Arthur Honegger's style is weightier and more solemn than that of his colleagues in Les Six.

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Arthur Honegger was pictured on the Swiss twenty franc banknote, issued October 1996 and replaced in 2017.

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