That is, what Darbyshire says of Messiaen
can be said of The Double Dream of Spring.
The other less familiar pieces in this collection are the Theme et Variations by Olivier Messiaen
, which sounds to these ears more like Messiaen
in the piano writing than in that for the violin, and Toru Takemitsu's Distance de Fee, which is serene and pleasant.
But the collection is historically impeccable--with key works by Messiaen
, Varese, and Stockhausen alongside oddball pieces that deserve greater recognition, like Louis and Bebe Barron's title track from the 1956 sci-fi film Forbidden Planet and the cartoon composer Raymond Scott's electronic experiments.
Francis Willard White The Leper Chris Merritt Brother Leo Johannes Martin Kranzle Brother Masseo Gran Wilson Frere Bernard Gabor Andrasy Frere Elias Jay Hunter Morris Brother Sylvester Hugh Russel Brother Rufus Kwang Shik Pang It's taken two decades for Olivier Messiaen
's only opera to get a U.S.
The program also includes "Shadows Falling," a new piece by Kurt Doles, a UO graduate teaching fellow, and its companion piece, "Shadows Rising"; "Deus Ibi Est" by William Whitley for piano, cello, viola, bass clarinet and piccolo; four songs by Manuel de Falla, arranged for marimba and soprano by UO graduate student Tracey Freeze; "Rain Tree Sketch II: In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen
" for solo piano by Toru Takemitsu; and "Orion M.
Again this may have had its origins, in part, in Messiaen
's sensuous surfaces, while it also helps account for his own (Francophile) musical preferences: Stravinsky (for his 'sheer sound'; p.
wants to model for us and perhaps enable a higher experience with "the beyond" in its most vivid sense, the actual fabric of eternal existence, what it feels like to have a corps glorieux.
A glance at recent repertory performed at the Met or Carnegie or Avery Fisher Hall reveals an extraordinarily conservative policy of Austro-germanic symphonies and sonatas and Italian operas, with a tiny hypocritical sprinkling of one Elliott Carter and a few Shostakovich or Messiaen
works thrown in.
Among the offerings on Friday at the Royal Albert Hall is the world premiere of a late work by Olivier Messiaen
, left incomplete at the French composer's death in 1992.
Dylan Hart gave stunning solo performances of Messiaen
's Appel interstellaire as well as his own spectacular arrangements of Bach's Partita in B Major and Rimsky-KorsakovN Flight of the Bumblebee.
's Musical Techniques: The Composer's View and Beyond.