Messiaen

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A Monument of Twentieth-Century Pianism:
Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus
Olivier Messiaen’s monumental and profound work Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus (Twenty Gazes on the Infant Jesus) surely ranks amongst the “greats” of the piano repertoire, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with such titans as Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas
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Love on a cosmic scale
Olivier Messiaen, Claire Delbos and Yvonne Loriod
Claire Delbos was the daughter of a Sorbonne professor, a member of the prominent new music society “La Spirale,” and an accomplished violinist and composer. Predictably, she studied at the Paris Conservatory and quickly crossed paths with another highly talented
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Messiaen’s Preludes
Olivier Messiaen’s eight Preludes for piano were published in 1929, the year he won the first prize for composition at the Paris Conservatoire. Debussy’s own Preludes were less than twenty years old at the time, and the influence of these
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Olivier Messiaen
Spiritual Radiance in Music 25 years ago, on 27 April 1992, one of the most original and influential musical minds of the 20th century passed away in Paris. Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was the leading French composer of the generation after
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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Lured out of retirement by a Chinese genius
Olivier Messiaen and Chen Qigang
Olivier Messiaen was long retired when he was introduced to a young Chinese composition student. Chen Qigang was born in Shanghai and raised by a family of artists. He began his musical studies at a very early age and was
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Finding a way in:
Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie
Who’s going to write it? How long’s it going to be? For how many people? These are just a few of the questions that are asked when a new work is commissioned. What, then, do you get when these constraints
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The Edge of Light – MESSIAEN and SAARIAHO
Messiaen Huit Préludes I : La Colombe Gloria Cheng, piano Calder Quartet From The Edge of Light – MESSIAEN and SAARIAHO (2013) Released by Harmonia Mundi Messiaen: Huit Préludes – I : La Colombe Grammy® Award-winner Gloria Cheng (“an invaluable
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