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Chapter 6 - Messiaen and the USA

from Part I - Mondial Messiaen

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 November 2023

Robert Sholl
Affiliation:
Royal Academy of Music and University of West London
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This chapter examines Messiaen’s long involvement with the USA. It discusses commissions, his relationship with notable figures, his teaching there, and the genesis and performance of both the Turangalîla-Symphonie and Des canyons aux étoiles…, including Messiaen’s admiration for the mountains in Utah. It also explores Messiaen as a performer of his own music in America (he premiered the Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte-Trinité), the commissioning and performance of the Livre du Saint-Sacrement, and the orchestral éclairs sur l’Au-delà….

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  • Messiaen and the USA
  • Edited by Robert Sholl, Royal Academy of Music and University of West London
  • Book: Messiaen in Context
  • Online publication: 09 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108768290.006
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  • Edited by Robert Sholl, Royal Academy of Music and University of West London
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  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108768290.006
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  • Messiaen and the USA
  • Edited by Robert Sholl, Royal Academy of Music and University of West London
  • Book: Messiaen in Context
  • Online publication: 09 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108768290.006
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