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|Named Person:||Olivier Messiaen; Olivier Messiaen; Olivier Messiaen|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Peter Hill; Nigel Simeone
|Description:||xii, 435 p. : ill., ports., music ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Childhood and the conservatoire: 1908-1929 --
The Trinité and marriage: 1930-1934 --
La Jeune France: 1935-1939 --
Messiaen's war: 1940-1944 --
'La cas Messiaen' and the Tristan trilogy: 1945-1948 --
Experiment and renewal: 1949-1952 --
Birdsong into music: 1952-1959 --
Public controversy, private happiness: 1959-1963 --
An establishment figure? 1964-1969 --
Splendours of nature: 1970-1974 --
'Messiaen, faites-moi un opéra': 1975-1978 --
'Brother Messiaen at the opéra: 1979-1983 --
Inspiration regained: 1984-1987 --
Illuminations of the beyond: 1988-1992.
|Responsibility:||Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone.|
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."--BOOK JACKET.
"Far and away the best source of information, at least in English, about the composer's life and work."--David Weininger, "The Boston Globe"--David Weininger "The Boston Globe "