Messiaen and the spectralists

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It is relatively easy to construct the biography of a single composer. An artist’s development can be charted in relation to others and to contemporaneous historical and cultural events. Each composer leaves a distinctive footprint of scores and performances; from scores, reviews, recordings, and documented appearances, one can hypothesize the creative processes that led from one composition to the next. From life event to life event, and from work to work, we can construe the relationship between the personal and the professional, marrying psychobiography and aesthetic critique. One fortunate enough to study the contemporary repertoire may even approach the composer, or the composer’s close confidantes and colleagues, to ask: How was this composition made? And why?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMessiaen Perspectives 2
Subtitle of host publicationTechniques, Influence and Reception
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317097150
ISBN (Print)9781409426967
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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