“Distance and Abstraction in the Symbolic Imagery of Honegger and Claudel’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher“
University of Texas at Austin (05.2010)
While earning my master’s degree, I specialized in French Neo-Classical music during the Interwar period. I especially loved the music of Arthur Honegger, who was one of the most prolific and esteemed composers of his time but whose music has been scarce in the mainstream concert-hall repertoire in recent decades.
Because of my interest in communication with mass audiences, my master’s report — the final and biggest paper required for my degree — focused on the technical nitty-gritty of public perception of abstraction in one of Honegger’s most popular works — an oratorio that rallied French nationalistic sentiment on the eve of World War II.
Since this report was the culmination of my research and master’s degree, it’s quite long, so I have included only an abstract. A copy of this paper can be made available upon request.