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Souvenir de Chopin
composer
1946; from his music for the film Un ami viendra ce soir

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'Hommage à Chopin' (CDA67803)
Hommage à Chopin
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Track 7 on CDA67803 [2'01]

Souvenir de Chopin
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The Swiss composer Arthur Honegger (1892–1955) wrote many distinguished film scores, for Abel Gance’s Napoléon (1924) and Anthony Asquith’s Pygmalion (1938) among others—he even made a brief appearance as a composer in a 1946 film called Un Revenant. His Souvenir de Chopin (in E flat major/minor) is one of three pieces extracted from the music he wrote for the 1946 film Un ami viendra ce soir (‘A friend will come tonight’), one of the first French post-war films to deal with life during the conflict, a Resistance story set in an insane asylum. The last of Honegger’s works for the piano, like his earlier Hommage à Ravel and Hommage à Albert Roussel, it captures by means of charming pastiche something of Chopin’s compositional personality.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2010

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