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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


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The headstone designed by Yvonne Loriod at the tombe of Messiaen in the Dauphiné region, France.

9b © John Stead







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 197
19. © M. Ball Messiaen in 1971


Part of Messiaen's house at Petichet © John Stead

The "garage" at Messiaen's house © John Stead

Meiji Glacier © John Stead


230 rue Marcadet Paris.

The Paris residence shared by Messiaen and Loriod from 1961 to Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen's 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.

© M.Ball

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city pigeons taking flight!

19. © M.Ball


In the churchyard of La Chaise, grave 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.

La Meiji




photos 1-2-4-6-7-8-9-10-13-15-16-17-18-19 ©Malcolm Ball
photo 3 ©Malcolm Crowthers
photo 5-11 ©Clive Barda

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