Paris: Editions Maurice Senart, 1929. Limited edition. Wraps. A musical score for orchestra and piano, with 2 full page signed b&w lithographs by Josue Gaboriaud, by one of the major composers of the 20th century, Arthur Honegger. Honegger has signed the score in pen, at the last page of the score.
The first lithograph depicts 6 players leaping in what appears to be a line out, a mass of graphic lines and movement; the second showing player racing toward the line with the ball tucked under his arm, with his opponent tackling him. Both are signed below the image in pencil.
Honegger (1892 - 1955) composed this symphonic piece shortly after his most frequently performed piece, 'Pacific 231'. His aim was to capture the beauty of rugby, and its abrupt, irregular rhythms. A 1929 recording of 'Rugby', with Honegger conducting the Paris Symphony Orchestra, can be heard on YouTube.
Josue Gaboriaud (1883-1955) was a French artist noted for work in Paris, including oil paintings of ballet dancers (Ballerine à la Cheminée), still life scenes, watercolors and prints.
Number 74 of 300 copies on Rives paper. Small folio (15 x 11"), 20 pp, including 2 b&w lithographs. Printed stiff paper wrappers, string bound. Front wrapper marked; slight crease to lower corner. The lithographs with some minor fox spotting at the margins. OCLC: 843458690 records only one copy, at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. Good + condition. Item #25752