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Author Bruhn, Siglind.

Title Messiaen's explorations of love and death : musico-poetic signification in the Tristan trilogy and three related song cycles / by Siglind Bruhn.

Published Hillsdale, NY : Pendragon Press, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  782.47092 MESS/BRUH    AVAILABLE
Physical description 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Dimension & diversity : studies in 20th-century music ; no. 8.
Dimension & diversity ; no. 8.
Notes Also available on the Internet.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Pt. I. Languages and Metaphors of Love -- The Ambiguities of Desire -- Languages of Devotion, Magic, and Awe -- Pt. II. God Present in All Things -- Poemes pour Mi -- Chants de terre et de ciel -- Trois petites Liturgies de la presence divine -- Pt. III. Fated Love, a Demanding Path Toward God -- Harawi: chant d'amour et de mort -- Turangalila Symphony -- Cinq Rechants -- Appendix. Myths, Stories, and Poems Featured in the "Tristan Trilogy" -- I. Tristan and Isolde -- II. Other Mythic Tales of Love, Fate, and Death -- III. Inhuman Horrors and the Fateful Female -- IV. The Generous and Welcoming Lover.
Summary "Olivier Messiaen's lifelong quest centered on the "colors" and rhythms of a music that would serve as a vehicle for his thoughts about time, his love of God, and his enthusiasm for birdsong. An additional topic about which he felt deeply is that of passionate, fated human love and its relationship to death on the one hand, the love of God on the other. During the years 1936-1948, he composed five cycles of vocal music to his own texts as well as the Turangalila Symphony, the monumental centerpiece of his "Tristan Trilogy." The focus of this study is the in-depth analysis and interpretation of these six works on love, with particular regard for their unusual wealth of poetic, sonic, and visual colors and imagery. The wonder of rainbows, the magic of exotic sounds, the fantasy of Surrealist representations, and the majestic inexorability of fate in myths of various times and cultures define Messiaen's lyrics as much as his idiosyncratic, highly symbolic musical language, which never fails to build bridges between this and another world."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Messiaen, Olivier, 1908-1992 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Music -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Tristan (Legendary character) -- Songs and music -- History and criticism.
Love in music.
Death in music.
ISBN 9781576471364