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There must be hundreds, if not thousands of rugby songs – the majority obscene – which are sung après “le crunch” but, until recently, I did not realize that rugby had motivated at least one classical musician so harmoniously to depict the sport.
The Swiss composer Arthur Honegger, wrote his “symphonic movement” “Rugby” in 1928 and it was produced for the first time at a concert of the Orchestre Symphonic, Paris, that same year. The work was inspired by rugby because this was the game greatly favoured by the composer during his adolescence. The idea of writing a rugby composition occurred to him as the result of a chance remark by a journalist who, having been informed that Honegger said, when he saw a game of rugby he could visualize its musical equivalent, wrote in his paper that the composer was at work on a symphonic work entitled “Rugby”.
A critic at that time so correctly wrote that “the different phases of the game, the tackling, the breakthrough, the pursuit, are incidents that can be expressed by figures of geometric precision.”
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