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The Life of Messiaen (Musical Lives)
Olivier Messiaen stands as one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century and among the foremost religious artists of any era. When he died in 1992, the prevailing image was of a deeply religious man whose only sources of inspiration were God and Nature, and of a composer whose music progressed along an entirely individual path, impervious to ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press
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This short biography of Olivier Messiaen, one of my favorite composers, was fascinating and enjoyable to read. I was pretty impressed with how much ground Dingle was able to cover in just 274 pages. Not only does he recount Messiaen's life, he also delves into important factors in Messiaen's experience and personality. Dingle is extremely good at explaining both the development of Messiaen's compositional techniques and the complex and nuanced way his very personal Catholic faith guided and ...more