Overview


Re-issued to coincide with the centenary of Messiaen's birth, The Messiaen Companion was the first major study to appear after the composer's death in April 1992. It was the first book to offer both a complete survey of Messiaen's extraordinary achievements and a comprehensive guide to his music, also examining in detail the enduring inspiration which Messiaen derived from his religious faith and from his lifelong passion for ornithology and the natural world.

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Overview


Re-issued to coincide with the centenary of Messiaen's birth, The Messiaen Companion was the first major study to appear after the composer's death in April 1992. It was the first book to offer both a complete survey of Messiaen's extraordinary achievements and a comprehensive guide to his music, also examining in detail the enduring inspiration which Messiaen derived from his religious faith and from his lifelong passion for ornithology and the natural world.

The contributors, all of whom have made a special study of the composer, include two biographers of Messiaen and a number of the foremost interpreters of his music. Messiaen's influential teaching is recalled in essays by three of his pupils (Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin, and Peter Hill), and the composer is also remembered in a remarkable and moving contribution from his widow and devoted musical companion, the pianist Yvonne Loriod.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780571281046
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 11/17/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 1,199,294
  • File size: 18 MB
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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction 1
Messiaen's Musical Language: an Introduction 15
Organ Music I 51
Piano Music I 72
The Songs and Song Cycles 105
Instrumental, Orchestral and Choral Works to 1948 157
Colour 203
Mysticism and Theology 220
The End of Time: a Biblical Theme in Messiaen's Quatuor 234
Birdsong 249
Messiaen as Teacher 266
Interview with Yvonne Loriod 283
Piano Music II 307
Organ Music II 352
Orchestral Music of the 1950s and 1960s 392
La Transfiguration 448
Des canyons aux etoiles ... 460
Saint Francois d'Assise 488
Eclairs sur l'au-dela - the Last Works 510
Appendix: The Organ at La Sainte Trinite 526
Chronology of Messiaen's Life and Works 530
List of Works and Discography 536
Bibliography 566
Contributors 569
Index of Messiaen's Works 572
General Index 576
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