Music: A New Ideal

"As some men have a passion for horses, and some for women, so have I a passion for locomotives," Honegger tells us. He even worships monster engines, their speed, their strength, their noise. His Pacific 231—played recently by Mr. Damrosch's orchestra in Manhattan—was inspired by, and dedicated to Engine No. 231. Should a real, live locomotive burst into the concert hall, the effect would be no less terrifying than that produced by Honegger's short piece, so vivid is his portraiture.


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