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Messiaen 2008

Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen (born 20 January 1924 - died 17th of May 2010)
Thoughts and obituaries are here.


****NEW WORK****

Peter Hill has discovered and made a performing edition of a 15' piano work by Messiaen.
La Fauvette Passerinette received its world premiere performance by Peter on 2 November 2013.
Peter Hill's recording of the work will be available soon on the Delphian label.

see News & Concerts


Messiaen Perspectives 1: Sources and Influences
Messiaen Perspectives 2: Techniques, Influence and Reception
Edited by Christopher Dingle, Birmingham Conservatoire, UK and Robert Fallon, Carnegie Mellon School of Music, USA
see: Bibliography

New book by Carola Lambruschini
see: Bibliography

Yvonne Loriod: Pianist and Teacher (with the participation of Olivier Messiaen) [DVD] [NTSC]
A film by Francois Manceaux With the participation of Olivier Messiaen Les Lecons Particulieres De Musique
A series edited by Francois Manceaux & Olivier Bernager in partnership with Arte & France Musique.


see Ondes Martenot Page

!!!Claire Delbos organ music recorded at Ste Trinite Paris!!!
see News & Concerts


©John Stead

***JOHN MORTON*** (1930 - 2014)
It is with much sadness that we report the passing of John Morton on the 10th of October 2014.
John was the foremost exponent of the Ondes Martenot in the UK. Taught by Jeanne Loriod,
he himself taught Cynthia Millar and gave guidance to many others.
see News & Concerts

Ondes Martenot Page here

Allan Wicks (born 6 June 1923; died 4 February 2010)
Allan was the first organist in the UK to perform and record the music of Messiaen.
Read full obituary here.

British musician and composer Jeffery Wilson reminisces on his time spent
with Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire.
see writings and articles.

Click here to view a letter written by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen to music writer (and synaesthete) Louis Latourre three weeks after the composers death.
A copy of this letter has been added to other Messiaen documents held at the church La Trinité Paris.

This page does not propose to be the definitive document on this most important figure in 20th century music, but rather a 'Messiaen umbrella' where those who are interested can access all manner of Messiaen resources and links. It also gives me the opportunity to reflect on a man whose music has continued to touch and influence my musical life. There are many fine accounts and books on Messiaen now which are listed in this site together with my own audio and video resource archive.
This web site posts events, concerts, news, links and articles that are contributed worldwide.

If you would like to contribute any Messiaen related articles, musicological studies,
reviews or have any questions concerning this site please e-mail me at rechants1@yahoo.co.uk


"My faith is the grand drama of my life. I'm a believer, so I sing words of God to those who have no faith. I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, and paint colours for those who see none". (Olivier Messiaen)


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Messiaen enthusiast Graham Rowbotham has a unique collection of CDs of Messaien’s music available for sale.
All of the CDs are in excellent condition (new or as new). Contact Graham direct to make purchases.
Click here to download list in Excel.


!!!HISTORIC RECORDINGS OF MESSIAEN BY MESSIAEN - Visions de l'Amen first recording by Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod in 1949 and Quatre Études de Rythme played by Messiaen himself in 1951!!!


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!!!NEW BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS!!! Read press releases Bibliography

First recording of Turangalila Symphonie performed at Aix-en-Provence.
see News & Concerts


Deutsche Grammophon Integrale/32 cd set celebrating Messiaen's centenary. 32 Volumes.
see News & Concerts

EMI CLASSICS Olivier Messiaen 1908 / 1992 : The Anniversary Edition (14 CD set) featuring Martha Argerich, Serge Baudo, Michel Beroff, Yvonne Loriod, Andre Previn, Olivier Messiaen, Michelle Command, Antal Dorati etc. see News & Concerts


see News & Concerts

See and read full transcript (in French)of the anniversary Mass held in Avignon on 10th December 2008 with the homely read by P. JEAN-RODOLPHE KARS. The mass was celebrated by the Archbishop of Avignon, Mgr Jean-Pierre Cattenoz, in the church St Didier, where Messiaen was baptised, 15 days after his birth, on Christmas 1908. During the whole evening, Olivier Latry was at the organ. After the mass, two poems of Messiaen’s mother, Cécile Sauvage, were read, with improvisations at the organ. And finally, “La Nativité du Seigneur”, concluded this memorable celebration.

!!!MESSIAEN CD RELEASES!!! see News & Concert

This plaque is placed at St. Didier's Church, Avignon


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