Milhaud’s L’homme et son desir subtitled as a “plastic poem”, is his forty-eighth work in a catalogue fast approaching the five-hundred mark. It was composed in 1918 and first performed in Paris. Based on a story by Paul Claudel, L’homme et son desir concerns the primitive strength of the Brazilian forest at night and the mystical forces therein that hold sway over mans destinies.
Honegger’s Pacific 231 is described as a “Mouvement Symphonique” – the first of three Honegger wrote. It was composed in 1923 and first performed in 1924 at the Paris Opera, under the direction of Serge Koussevitzky.
Varese’s Ameriques was completed in 1922 and introduced by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1926. It exemplifies Varese’s unique method of postulating balance and contrast – the mandatory elements in any art work.