Arthur Honegger (1892-1955)

Without the slightest tendency to literary writing, Arthur Honegger was nonetheless the author of an important and diverse critical production.  Huguette Calmel gathered all his writings in a single volume of more than 800 pages published by Champion in 1992. Those are organized in four parts: 1) Among “diverse contributions” (300 pages), we can find the answers to surveys about him or about some of his colleagues; texts written after the creation or the hearing of one of his works; sometimes open letters; and finally some musical reviews, in particular when he contributed to the revue Musique et théâtre de 1925 à 1926. Throughout his life, Honegger thus published articles in various specialized newspapers or magazines (Le Courrier musical, La Revue musicale, La Page musicale, L’Information musicale, Appogiature, Opéra, L’Opéra de Paris, Le Journal des Jeunesses musicales, le Journal musical français) or other generalist newspapers (Chantecler, Candide, Le Mois or Excelsior) ; 2) The “Préfaces” contains a dozen works (about thirty pages each) from the end of the 1930s, answering the requests for a famous composer; 3) The articles of music criticism published in the weekly Comœdia, from 1941 to 1944. They represent his most important contribution to journalistic music criticism (more than two hundred pages) and were used to compile an anthology published in 1948 under the title Incantation aux fossiles; 4) The volume Je suis compositeur (a little more than 100 pages), published in 1951 and composed from the transcription and rewriting of his radio interviews with the critic Bernard Gavoty.

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