Musician who was a member of Les Six, a grouping of six French composers whose work was seen as a reaction against impressionism. His last composition was "A Christmas Cantata" from 1953.
He studied music at the Zurich Conservatory and later at the Paris Conservatoire under Charles-Marie Widor and Vincent d'Indy.
He was featured on the Swiss twenty-franc banknote.
He was born to Swiss parents residing in Le Havre, France. He married Andree Vaurabourg in 1926.
His 1946 "Symphonie Liturgique" was often compared to 1940's "Sinfonia da Requiem" by Benjamin Britten.