The Life of Messiaen

The Life of Messiaen

by Christopher Dingle
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052163220X

ISBN-13: 9780521632201

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Olivier Messiaen stands as one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century and among the foremost religious artists of any era. When he died in 1992, the prevailing image was of a deeply religious man whose only sources of inspiration were God and Nature, and of a composer whose music progressed along an entirely individual path, impervious to

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Olivier Messiaen stands as one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century and among the foremost religious artists of any era. When he died in 1992, the prevailing image was of a deeply religious man whose only sources of inspiration were God and Nature, and of a composer whose music progressed along an entirely individual path, impervious to contemporaneous events and the whims of both his fellow artists and the critics. The Life of Messiaen paints a more nuanced picture of the man and the musician, peering behind Messiaen's public persona to examine the private difficulties and creative struggles that were the true backdrop to many of his greatest achievements. Based upon the latest research, including previously overlooked sources, this book provides an excellent introduction to Messiaen's life and work, presenting a fascinating new perspective on a man whose story is more remarkable than the myths surrounding it.

About the Author:
Christopher Dingle is Assistant Course Director at Birmingham Conservatoire

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521632201
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Musical Lives Series
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     viii
Acknowledgements     x
Note on the text     xii
The burgeoning artist 1908-31     1
Le jeune francais 1931-9     31
Occupying time 1939-45     67
Songs of love and death 1945-8     94
For now we see through a glass darkly 1949-52     114
A natural retreat 1951-9     137
The statue remains on its pedestal 1960-9     156
A Passion for opera 1970-83     188
Tous les oiseaux des etoiles 1984-92     220
Select bibliography     245
Index     251

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