Messiaen

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Yale University Press, 2005 - Music - 435 pages
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The French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908Ė92) is a musician about whom most remains to be discovered. More than a decade after his death our knowledge of Messiaen is largely conditioned by what he said about himself in lectures and interviews, in his work as a teacher, and in the monumental seven-volume treatise that encompassed the whole of his composing world. But Messiaenís public documents conceal as much as they reveal, seldom explaining why a work was written or what complexities went into its making. The composer was similarly reticent about his private life.This is the first book to explore the world that Messiaen was at pains to keep hidden. Based upon unprecedented access to Messiaenís private archive granted to the authors by the composerís widow, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone trace the origins of many of Messiaenís greatest works and place them in the context of his life, from his years at the Paris Conservatoire and his passionate first marriage to Claire Delbos through the immense achievements of his final decades.
  

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Olivier Messiaen (1908-92), one of the most important composers of the 20th century, receives a fine biographical treatment by former student Hill and writer Simeone, both professors at the University ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
19081929
7
19301934
25
19351939
52
19401944
91
19451948
142
19491952
176
19521959
203
19701974
284
19751978
304
19791983
323
19841987
342
19881992
362
Notes
384
Bibliography
402
Index
419

19591963
231
19641969
257

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About the author (2005)

Peter Hill is professor of music at the University of Sheffield. A former student of Messiaen, he is editor of The Messiaen Companion. Nigel Simeone is professor of historical musicology at the University of Sheffield and author of Paris: A Musical Gazetteer, published by Yale University Press.

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