Download and read online Messiaen in PDF and EPUB Robert Sherlaw Johnson's pioneering work on the music of Olivier Messiaen has become the foundation stone upon which all Messiaen scholarship is based. In it he discusses all Messiaen's main works, exploring his musical language, the development of his technique, his individual approach to harmony and rhythm, the theological and symbolic aspects of his music, and his use of birdsong. The appendices include a complete chronological list of works, a bibliography and a list of bird names. Messiaen died in 1992 aged 84. In between the publication of the last edition of this book in 1989 and this final, updated version he composed a further set of masterpieces that are more than a postscript to his compositional oeuvre. This new edition brings the book fully up to date on these and other works and offers additional assessment on Messiaen's influence as a composer. Robert Sherlaw Johnson (1932-2000) was a lecturer in music at the University of Oxford and a fellow at Worchester College. He was also a composer and Pianist of note who recorded a number of Messiaen's works, including the Catalogue d'Oiseaux, of which he gave the first complete performance in Britain at Coventry Cathedral in 1973. This edition of his Messiaen study has been updated by Dr Caroline Rae.
Download and read online Messiaen in PDF and EPUB This is the first book to explore the world that Messiaen was at pains to keep hidden. It has been made possible by the unprecedented access to Messiaen's private archive granted to the authors by the composer's widow, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen. The archive includes musical sketches, correspondence, lecture notes, diaries, as well as hundreds of photographs, many of which are published here for the first time. Using this remarkable material, Hill and Simeone trace the origins of many of Messiaen's greatest works, and place them in the context of his life, from his years at the Paris Conservatoire, his passionate first marriage to Claire Delbos, through to the immense achievements of his final decades."--Jacket.
Download and read online Olivier Messiaen Troubadour in PDF and EPUB Olivier Messiaens künstlerisches Suchen kreiste wesentlich um die “Farben” und Rhythmen der Musik; in ihnen glaubte er seine Gedanken über die Zeit, seine Liebe zu Gott und seine Begeisterung für den Vogelgesang am besten vermitteln zu können. Ein weiteres Thema, das ihn beschäftigte, ist die schicksalhafte Liebe und ihre Beziehung zum Tod einerseits und zur Gottesliebe andererseits. In den Jahren 1936-1948 komponierte Messiaen fünf Zyklen von Vokalmusik auf eigene Texte sowie die Turangalîla-Sinfonie, das monumentale Kernstück seiner “Tristan-Trilogie”. Dieses Buch bietet eine eingehende Analyse und Interpretation der sechs Werke über die Liebe, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung ihres ungewöhnlichen Reichtums an sprachlichen, klanglichen und visuellen Farben und Bildern. Der Zauber des Regenbogens, die Magie exotischer Laute, die Fantastik surrealistischer Darstellungen und die großartige Unabwendbarkeit des Schicksals in Mythen verschiedener Zeiten und Kulturen prägen Messiaens Texte ebenso wie seine eigenwillige, höchst symbolträchtige Musiksprache und schlagen immer wieder den Bogen zwischen dieser und einer anderen Welt.
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Download and read online Olivier Messiaen in PDF and EPUB When Olivier Messiaen died in 1992, the prevailing image was of a man apart; a deeply religious man whose only sources of inspiration were God and Nature and a composer whose music progressed along an entirely individual path, artistically impervious to contemporaneous events and the whims both of his contemporaries and the critics. Whilst such a view contains a large element of truth, the past ten years has seen an explosion of interest in the composer, and the work of a diverse range of scholars has painted a much richer, more complex picture of Messiaen. This volume presents some of the fruits of this research for the first time, concentrating on three broad, interrelated areas: Messiaen's relationship with fellow artists; key developments in the composer's musical language and technique; and his influences, both sacred and secular. The volume assesses Messiaen's position as a creative artist of the twentieth century in the light of the latest research. In the process, it identifies some of the key myths, confusions and exaggerations surrounding the composer which often mask equally remarkable truths. In attempting to reveal some of those truths, the essays elucidate a little of the mystery surrounding Messiaen as a man, an artist, a believer and a musician. Specifically, the volume covers Messiaen's attitudes and associations to Cocteau, Stravinsky's Les Noces, Dutilleux and Toesca, as well as exploring his teaching techniques, the Trait?e rythme, de couleur et d'ornithologie, Messiaen's harmony, performing and transcription techniques, composing for Ondes Martenot, his association with ballet, Saint Fran?s d'Assise and the influence of his faith. Messiaen himself contributes directly in the form of a speech that he gave about the tapestry-maker Jean Lur?, and the collection also includes the first literary translation of L'? en bourgeon; the garland of poems written by Messiaen's mother, C?le Sauvage, when she was expecting him. The composer de
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Download and read online Olivier Messiaen and the Music of Time in PDF and EPUB Olivier Messiaen was one of the outstanding creative artists of his time. The strength of his appeal, to listeners as well as to composers, is a measure of the individuality of his music, which draws on a vast range of sources: rhythms of twentieth-century Europe and thirteenth-century India, ripe romantic harmony and brittle birdsong, the sounds of Indonesian percussion and modern electronic instruments. What binds all these together is, on one level, his unswerving devotion to praising God in his art, and on another, his independent view of how music is made. Messiaen's music offers a range of ways of experiencing time: time suspended in music of unparalleled changelessness, time racing in music of wild exuberance, time repeating itself in vast cycles of reiteration. In Olivier Messiaen and the Music of Time, leading writer and musicologist, Paul Griffiths, explores the problems of religious art, and includes searching analyses and discussions of all the major works, suggesting how they function as works of art and not only as theological symbols. This comprehensive and stimulating book covers the whole of Messiaen's output up to and including his opera, Saint Franoise d'Assise.
Download and read online Olivier Messiaen in PDF and EPUB Olivier Messiaen: A Research and Information Guide, Second Edition presents researchers with the most significant and helpful resources on Olivier Messiaen, one of the twentieth century's greatest composers. With multiple indices, this annotated bibliography will serve as an excellent tool for librarians, researchers, and scholars sorting through the massive amount of material in the field. The second edition has been fully revised and updated.
Download and read online Messiaens musikalische Sprache des Glaubens in PDF and EPUB Olivier Messiaen bezeichnete sich selbst in seinen Interviews immer wieder als “Komponist, Organist, Rhythmiker, Ornithologe und Theologe”. Alle Interpreten stimmen darin überein, dass sein Leben und seine Werke von einer tiefen Gläubigkeit geprägt sind. Dieses Buch spürt der Umsetzung seines Glaubens in die musikalische Sprache nach. Im Zentrum steht eine hermeneutische Analyse zweier geistlich inspirierter Instrumentalwerke, der Visions de l’Amen für zwei Klaviere von 1943 und der Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus für Klavier solo von 1944. Vorbereitend werden Messiaens religiöses Umfeld (der Einfluss des renouveau catholique, des Vaters Pierre Messiaen und des Mentors Charles Tournemire) sowie die als Bedeutungsträger des Unaussprechlichen eingesetzten Komponenten seines sehr persönlichen musikalischen Vokabulars erörtert. Die Untersuchungen der beiden Zyklen werden jeweils eröffnet mit einer Einführung in die als Inspirationsquelle dienende literarische Vorlage. Die ausführlichen Einzelanalysen erschließen die außerordentliche Spannweite und den gedanklichen Reichtum von Messiaens Musik, indem sie eine detaillierte Darstellung des thematischen Materials, seiner Struktur und seiner Funktion im Gesamt des Werkes mit einer Interpretation der von Messiaen verwendeten Bilder und Texte verbinden. Das vorliegende Buch ist der erste Band einer Trilogie zum Schaffen Messiaens, der im Zusammenhang eines am Institut d’esthétique des arts contemporains der Pariser Sorbonne durchgeführten Forschungsprojektes entsteht. Der zweite Band behandelt die der tragischen menschlichen Liebe gewidmeten Werke der Jahre 1936-1948; im Mittelpunkt des dritten Bandes stehen drei Werke der Spätzeit – das Oratorium La Transfiguration de Notre-Seigneur Jésus-Christ, das Orgelwerk Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité und die Oper Saint François d’Assise – in denen Messiaen Themen thomistischer Theologie reflektiert.
Download and read online Olivier Messiaen in PDF and EPUB Olivier Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques is arguably the first of Messiaen's major works to create a successful synthesis between his music and his passion for ornithology. Messiaen regarded birdsong as music--a belief that led for a time to an obsession with truth-to-nature. Here, Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone provide the background to Oiseaux exotiques, discussing Messiaen's relations with the 1950s avant garde and his involvement with the concerts of the Domaine musical, for which Oiseaux exotiques was composed. The authors analyse Messiaen's compositional methods in unprecedented detail and trace step-by-step the evolution of musical ideas from first notation to finished score.
Download and read online Olivier Messiaen Journalism 1935 1939 in PDF and EPUB One of the foremost composers of the twentieth century, Olivier Messiaen wrote widely on his music and on his beliefs. This is the first edition of his early journalism and provides both the original French text and an English translation. The writing in this volume dates from the 1930s, before the composer gained the international reputation that he and his music now enjoy. The pieces he wrote range from reviews of individual performances to essays on particular works or composers and articles that discuss more general themes such as sincerity of expression in music. Many of the articles included in this collection are new to the Messiaen bibliography, and others are available here for the first time in English. A number are, as Broad describes them, 'quietly shocking' in that they force us to reappraise certain aspects of the composer such as his role in La Jeune France, and his wider participation in the debates of his time. This edition, therefore, represents a new source for understanding Messiaen and provides a fascinating glimpse of the composer in the early part of his career.
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Download and read online Messiaen Studies in PDF and EPUB The French composer Olivier Messiaen is one of the major figures of twentieth-century music. This collection of scholarly essays offers new cultural, historical, biographical and analytical perspectives on Messiaen's musical œuvre from 1941 to 1992. The volume includes: a fascinating snapshot of Messiaen's life in occupied France; a study of the Surrealist poetics of Messiaen's song cycle Harawi; a chapter on Messiaen's iconoclastic path to the avant-garde heritage that he bequeathed to his pupils; discussion on Messiaen's place in twentieth-century music; and detailed analysis of specific works, including his opera St François d'Assise. The chapters provide fresh insights on the origins, style and poetics of Messiaen's music, and therefore provide an inspiration and foundation for future scholarship. Reflecting and expanding upon the broad range of Messiaen's own interdisciplinary interests, the book will be of interest to students and scholars of music, art, literature and theology.
Download and read online Messiaen the Theologian in PDF and EPUB For Olivier Messiaen, music was a way of expressing his faith. He considered it his good fortune to have been born a Catholic and declared that 'the illumination of the theological truths of the Catholic faith is the first aspect of my work, the noblest and no doubt the most useful'. Messiaen is one of the most widely performed and recorded composers of the twentieth-century and his popularity is increasing, but the theological component of his music has so far largely been neglected, or dealt with superficially, and continues to provide a serious impediment to understanding and appreciating his music for some of his audience. Messiaen the Theologian makes a significant contribution to Messiaen studies by providing cultural and historical context to Messiaen's theology. An international array of Messiaen scholars cover a wide variety of topics including Messiaen's personal spirituality, the context of Catholicism in France in the twentieth century, and comparisons between Messiaen and other artists such as Dante and T.S. Eliot. Interdisciplinary methodologies such as exegesis, theological studies and analysis are used to contribute to the understanding of several major works including ?lairs sur l'au-del?., Sept Ha??nd Saint Fran?s d'Assise. By approaching Messiaen and his music from such important and original perspectives, this book will be of interest not only to musicians and theologians, but also to readers interested in the connection between spirituality and the arts.
Download and read online Olivier Messiaen s System of Signs in PDF and EPUB Andrew Shenton's groundbreaking cross-disciplinary approach to Messiaen's music presents a systematic and detailed examination of the compositional techniques of one of the most significant musicians of the twentieth century as they relate to his desire to express profound truths about Catholicism. It is widely accepted that music can have mystical and transformative powers, but because 'pure' music has no programme, Messiaen sought to refine his compositions to speak more clearly about the truths of the Catholic faith by developing a sophisticated semiotic system in which aspects of music become direct signs for words and concepts. Using interdisciplinary methodologies drawing on linguistics, cognition studies, theological studies and semiotics, Shenton traces the development of Messiaen's sign system using examples from many of Messiaen's works and concentrating in particular on the M?tations sur le myst? de la Sainte Trinit?or organ, a suite which contains the most sophisticated and developed use of a sign system and represents a profound exegesis of Messiaen's understanding of the Catholic triune God. By working on issues of interpretation, Shenton endeavours to bridge the traditional gap between scholars and performers and to help people listen to Messiaen's music with spirit and understanding.