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Messiaen, Yvonne Loriod and John Carewe in rehearsal at the Royal Academy of Music London March 1987

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4.Salle d'Olivier Messiaen in Grenoble

Eglise de la Sainte Trinité. Paris ©M.Ball


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The original headstone designed by Yvonne Loriod at the tombe of Messiaen in the Eglise Saint Théoffrey, Petichet, France.


9b © John Stead



The headstone with 'Yvonne Messiaen' inscription (2010). Click on photos for larger image (9b - 9c - 9d)



Eglise Saint Théoffrey




Olivier Messiaen, in 1935
( BNF Richelieu, musique fonds estampes.)



Messiaen in the 1930s




(Photo©Lipnitzki) Messiaen in 1936




14. Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod 1986 in Düsseldorfer Tonhalle.
(photo:© Christine Langensiepen)

15. Messiaen in the 1980's ©


Pianist Matthew Schellhorn and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in 2005
(Photo:©Matthew Schellhorn)

16. © Messiaen in USA 1978



Messiaen in the 60s

17. © M.Ball Messiaen in 1986

18. © M. Ball Messiaen in 1978
19. © M. Ball Messiaen in 1971


©M.Ball Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod in the recording studio 1973.

Karlheinz Stockhausen and Messiaen in 1961


21. Messiaen's house at Petichet .

22. The "garage" at Messiaen's Petichet house.

23. The studio 'annexe' at Petichet.

26. Lac Laffrey today (2014)© M.Ball

Messiaen's piano at Petichet


230 rue Marcadet Paris.

The Paris residence shared by Messiaen and Loriod from 1961 to the composers death in 1992. Loriod continued to live here until her death in 2010.

Loriod had a small studio apartment in this block and over the years the Messiaens expanded purchasing other apartments within the block.It overlooks a small park with a band stand bearing a remarkable resemblance to the 'jardin de ville' in Grenoble where, as a young boy Messiaen enjoyed studying musical scores.

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city pigeons taking flight!

19. © M.Ball

The rue Olivier-Messiaen is a private road located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.


Located in north central France, 'La Sauline' became the Messiaens second country retreat from 1981 to 1995.

©Used with kind permission of the present owners.



Eglise Notre Dame des Bruyères in Neuvy-sur-Barangeon where the 'Messiaens' worshipped in the Sologne region.



26-27 Messiaen spent his early childhood here at 2 cours Berriat, Grenoble.

In the churchyard of La Chaise, near Fuligny, graves of the grand parents, uncles and aunts of Olivier Messiaen.

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Monument funéraire des grands-parents, oncles et tantes du compositeur Olivier Messiaen. La statue " L'énergie foudroyée" est une reproduction d'une oeuvre de Léon Messiaen, oncle du compositeur qui fut Premier prix de sculpture des Beaux-Arts de Paris, réalisée en 1915 et exposée en 1919 sur les Champs-Elysées.

Tomb of grandparents, aunts and uncles of Olivier Messiaen. The statue "The energy struck by lightning" is a reproduction of a work of Leon Messiaen, the composer's uncle who was first prize winner for sculpture des Beaux-Arts in Paris, constructed in 1915 and exhibited in 1919 on the Champs-Elysées.


This plaque marks the house where Messiaen and his family lived after WW1 from 1918 to 1919. 1 place des Enfants Nantais, Nantes.


Meiji Glacier © John Stead

La Meiji




photos 1-2-4-6-7-8-9 (abcd) -10 (a) -13-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-24-25-26-27©Malcolm Ball
photo 3 ©Malcolm Crowthers
photo 5-11 ©Clive Barda

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