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Andrée Vaurabourg (8 September 1894 in Toulouse − 18 July 1980 in Paris), also known as Andrée Vaurabourg-Honegger, was a French pianist and teacher. She was the wife of Swiss-French composer Arthur Honegger (1892–1955), whom she met at the Paris Conservatoire in 1916.[1] Honegger married her in 1926 on the condition that they live in separate apartments because he required solitude for composing.[1][2] They lived apart for the duration of their marriage, with the exception of living together in 1935 during which Honegger cared for her during her recuperation from an automobile accident, which lasted less than a year, and the last year of Honegger's life, when he could no longer live alone. They had one daughter, Pascale, born in 1932.[1][3]

Andrée Vaurabourg
Andrée Vaurabourg
Born(1894-09-08)September 8, 1894
DiedJuly 18, 1980(1980-07-18) (aged 85)
Resting placeCimetière Saint-Vincent
NationalityFrench
Other namesAndrée Vaurabourg-Honegger
EducationConservatoire de Paris
Occupationclassical pianist, teacher
Spouse(s)Arthur Honegger, 1926-1955, his death
ChildrenPascale Honegger

In September 1934, while traveling in Spain, Honegger's car ran into a tree after a tire burst. He only broke an ankle, but Vaurabourg, in the front passenger seat, broke both knees and was unable to walk for almost a year. She never fully recovered from the accident.[1]

She studied piano at the Paris Conservatoire, receiving first prize in counterpoint. She often performed her husband's piano works.[4]

Vaurabourg's students of counterpoint included Pierre Boulez,[5] Serge Garant,[6] and Roger Matton.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Serracanta, Francesc (ed.). "Honegger". Historia de la Sinfonia (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  2. ^ Resick, Georgine (2018). French Vocal Literature: Repertoire in Context. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 230. ISBN 9781442258457. OCLC 999671994. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  3. ^ "Arthur Honegger". classical.com. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  4. ^ "Some contemporary – Arthur Honegger". Arthur Honegger – Site officiel du compositeur Arthur Honegger. 18. Andrée Vaurabourg (1894-1980). Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  5. ^ "Pierre Boulez: Notations - History and context - A journeyman composition". Explore the Score. 1944-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  6. ^ Lefebvre, Marie-Thérèse (1996). "Pour débusquer l'inconnu : chronologie de Serge Garant" (PDF). Circuit: Musiques contemporaines (in French). Consortium Erudit. 7 (2): 61. doi:10.7202/902179ar. ISSN 1183-1693. OCLC 5961960748, 752341351.
  7. ^ Plouffe, Hélène; Taylor, Rachelle. "Roger Matton". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2018-06-22.

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