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Arthur Honegger (10 March 1892 – 27 November 1955) was a Swiss-born French composer. He was one of the most important composers of the 20th century, and a member of the group of composers known as Les Six.
Honegger was born in Le Havre, France, to Swiss parents. He studied music at the Paris Conservatoire, and his early works were influenced by the Romantic composers. However, he soon developed his own unique style, which was characterized by its use of dissonance, its rhythmic vitality, and its use of jazz and popular music.
Honegger wrote a wide variety of music, including operas, ballets, symphonies, concertos, chamber music, and choral works. His most famous works include the operas "Le Roi David" (1921) and "Antigone" (1927), the ballet "Pacific 231" (1923), the orchestral works "Mouvements Symphoniques" (1924) and "Symphonie No. 5" (1945), and the choral work "La Danse des morts" (1938).
Honegger was a major figure in 20th century music, and his music is still performed and enjoyed by audiences around the world. He was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in 1954, and he was made a Commander of the Légion d'Honneur in 1955. He died in Paris in 1955 at the age of 63.