Olivier Messiaen : Texts, Contexts, and Intertexts (1937-1948), Hardback Book

Olivier Messiaen : Texts, Contexts, and Intertexts (1937-1948) Hardback

Edited by Roger Nichols


The 20th century French composer Olivier Messiaen was a devout Roman Catholic and notably claimed that his music was an expression of his faith.

Unsurprisingly, many performers and listeners consider Messiaen's strong religiosity central to their appreciation of the composer's music.

Music scholars have devoted much energy to exploring how Messiaen's music was an extension of his religious beliefs.

Yet, these works tend to discuss Messiaen's Catholicism solely in terms of personal religious identity and ignore the composer's broader connections to the cultural landscape of Roman Catholicism in France.

In Olivier Messiaen: Texts, Contexts, and Intertexts (1937-1948) the late French literature scholar Richard Burton examines nine of Messiaen's works in the context of the broader French Catholic intellectual tradition.

Drawing on an expansive knowledge of the Catholic literature and the surrealist tradition, Burton reveals that Messiaen's middle-period compositions are filled with intertextual refer



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