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

Richard D E Burton and Roger Nichols


Professor Burton’s approach to nine early works of Olivier Messiaen is not that of a musicologist, but is based on a deep knowledge and understanding of the tradition and writings of French Catholicism and also of the literature of surrealism. He prises open, in any number of unexpected and fascinating ways, the subtexts of Messiaen’s pieces which are often hidden, made up as they are of disjunct fragments from the Bible and theological writings. Burton finds that Messiaen is somewhat removed from the ethos of his time and place, partly because he takes no part in the social side of Catholicis ... More

Keywords: Olivier Messiaen, French composers, French Roman Catholicism, Yvonne Loriod, Tristan and Iseult, Occupation

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190277949
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard D E Burton, author
Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of Sussex

Roger Nichols, editor

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1 Agape and Eros (I)

Richard D. E Burton, and Roger Nichols

2 History and the End of Time

Richard D. E Burton, and Roger Nichols

3 Occupation and Liberation (1941–1945)

Richard D. E Burton, and Roger Nichols

4 Messiaen and Ernest Hello

Richard D. E Burton, and Roger Nichols

5 Agape and Eros (II)

Richard D. E Burton, and Roger Nichols

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