Andrée Vaurabourg

Andrée Louise Vaurabourg-Honegger (8 September 1894 − 18 July 1980) 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 two exceptions. 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] Honegger lived with and cared for her during her recuperation. They also lived together during 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)8 September 1894
Toulouse, France
Died18 July 1980(1980-07-18) (aged 85)
Paris, France
Resting placeCimetière Saint-Vincent
EducationConservatoire de Paris
Occupation(s)classical pianist, teacher
(m. 1926; died 1955)
ChildrenPascale Honegger

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]


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  2. ^ Resick, Georgine (2018). French Vocal Literature: Repertoire in Context. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 230. ISBN 978-1-4422-5845-7. OCLC 999671994. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
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  4. ^ "Some contemporary – Arthur Honegger". Arthur Honegger – Site officiel du compositeur Arthur Honegger. 18. Andrée Vaurabourg (1894–1980). Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Pierre Boulez: Notations – History and context – A journeyman composition". Explore the Score. 28 June 1944. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  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 22 June 2018.

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