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26 Jan 2006

Music for the End of Time

http://www.thenation.com/docprem.mhtml?i=20060213&s=schiff

messiaen_biography.jpgDavid Schiff [The Nation, 25 January 2006]

As composer, organist, teacher and theorist, Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was the most influential European musician of the second half of the twentieth century--and yet he was in many ways far removed from his time and place. His religious beliefs were those of a pious medieval Catholic; his musical style ignored just about everything that had happened in European music between the troubadours and Wagner.

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