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The Musical Legacy of Wartime France$
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Leslie A. Sprout

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275300

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275300.001.0001

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Honegger's Postwar Rehabilitation

Honegger's Postwar Rehabilitation

(p.38) 2 Honegger's Postwar Rehabilitation
The Musical Legacy of Wartime France

Leslie A. Sprout

University of California Press

Honegger enjoyed significant professional success in occupied Paris: major wartime premieres include his Symphonie pour cordes, performed by Charles Münch and the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. Yet Honegger made controversial wartime choices before composing Chant de Libération, a song for baritone solo, unison chorus, and orchestra that received one performance in liberated Paris before French musicians imposed a six-month ban on the composer's music in retaliation for what they regarded as acts of collaboration. I juxtapose Chant de Libération with Chant de la Délivrance (Honegger's postwar pastiche of a Resistance song) in order to explore the role his music played in his postwar rehabilitation. The swiftness of his rehabilitation calls into question the seriousness of his wartime offenses.

Keywords:   Arthur Honegger, Charles Münch, Resistance, occupied Paris, Chant de Libération

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