DECEMBER 8, 2019
Sunday at 2 PM

Part of the series Sight & Sound, in which conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. A discussion is accompanied by musical excerpts and on-screen artworks, then a full performance and audience Q&A.

Composer Arthur Honegger and painter Félix Vallotton were both Swiss nationals who spent the larger part of their careers in Paris, where they became part of the avant-garde scene in music (Le Six) and art (Les Nabis). Both explored the intersection between tradition and modernism. Honegger’s first symphony mirrors the magnetism of Paris in the 1920s. This performance will be the first time the work has been performed in NYC in 58 years.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art October 29, 2019–January 26, 2020.


Arthur Honegger Symphony No. 1*

and the artwork of Félix Vallotton

*First NYC performance in 58 years

Program Detail

Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discusses the parallels between Arthur Honegger’s Symphony No. 1 and the artwork of Félix Vallotton, accompanied by musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now with on-screen artworks.

20 min

Full performance
Arthur Honegger Symphony No. 1
First NYC performance in 58 years
23 min

Audience Q&A

All timings are approximate.

Sample the Music

Arthur Honegger Symphony No. 1

Image: Félix Vallotton (Swiss, Lausanne 1865–1925 Paris). The Chaste Suzanne (La Chaste Suzanne) (detail), 1922. Oil on canvas, 21.25 x 28.75 in. (54 x 73 cm). Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne. Joint acquisition with the Gottfried Keller Foundation, Federal Office of Culture, Bern, an exceptional contribution by the State of Vaud, and a gift of the Association des Amis du Musée, 1993

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