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Posted September 10, 2008
The best book about Messiaen's life yet written.
Simeone and Hill's biography of Messiaen provides and interesting and enlightening view of Messiaen's life and music, and in particular brings to life the world (specifically the Parisian world) in which he lived and composed. I used this as a text for a class about Messiaen, and go back to it frequntly as I continue to listen to his music. The only drawback to this book is that it contains a relatively small amount of actual musical analysis, though the positive side of this is that those who don't have a background in music theory can still gain such a deep insight into his life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.