Swiss pianist, conductor, and composer / 1890-1974 / born in Geneva, died in Naarden, Netherlands / son of a Geneva pastor / 1900 formative experience with the St. Matthew Passion of Johann Sebastian Bach / 1908-10 studied mathematics and physics in Geneva, then began to study music privately with the Geneva composer Joseph Lauber / 1920-25 in Zurich, Rome, Paris / 1926 founding of the Société de musique de Chambre de Genève for music of the 17th and 18th centuries / 1928-38 taught at the Institute of the composer Dalcroze in Geneva / 1946 move to Amsterdam / 1950-57 taught composition in Cologne / composition of oratorios: 1922-26 Mass, 1944 In Terra Pax for the day the war would end, 1945-48 Golgotha, 1958 Psalms in accordance with the Genevan Psalter, 1957-59 Mystère de la Nativité (The Mystery of the Nativity), 1971-72 Requiem / individual musical language between impressionism and twelve-tone music / honorary doctorate from the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne