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By Harry Halbreich

Arthur Honegger (1892--1955), Swiss by way of nationality, French through schooling and place of dwelling, used to be a massive composer of the twentieth century. even though he earned renowned acclaim early in his occupation, in his later years his continuously tonal musical language was once thought of outdated. His most vital works contain 5 symphonies, a wide physique of chamber tune, and a number of other large-scale oratorios that mix choral and instrumental writing with declaimed narrative in a uniquely potent manner. HARDCOVER

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10 Page 25 Two The Paris Conservatory and Honegger's Earliest Works For an adolescent from the provinces, thirsty for music and culture, Paris in 1911 was a veritable treasure house. The sun of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes was approaching its zenith, and it was only by a few months that Arthur missed the premiere of Petrushka and also of a somewhat scandalous spectacle commissioned and performed by Ida Rubinstein, a dancer who had left Diaghilev's troupe and who was to play a crucial role in Honegger's career.

The boywho, at least in the family, was to be called by the typically Alemannic (German-Swiss) diminutive "Turly" even as a young mandid not remain an only child for long. " On 31 August 1922 she married Rudolf-Hermann Stadler, a doctor of medicine from Zurich, and spent the rest of her life in that city. The youngest child, Julie-Rosa, nicknamed "Wantze" (bug) or ''Wantzefloh" (fleabug) and later "Tati," was born on 6 February 1902. She was also married in Zurich, on 1 December 1923, to Hugo Laubi from Winterthur, and later she married the actor Emil Hegetschweiler.

The creative artist is a seismograph and a prophet who knows things before they happen. Such a list of attacks on tradition (and, in its way, Louis Blériot's flight from Calais to Dover in 1909 was another) were so many symptoms of the end of an epoch and of a state of balance that the world was never to see again. " He was off by only a year. In 1911, the Agadir incident increased the tensions between France and Germany and caused them to accelerate their rearmament; the new Balkan states were disputing the remains of European Turkey, the sick man of Europe; the as-yet-unfinished Titanic was only a few months away from its destruction; and Europe less than three years away from hers.

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