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Temporal Stasis

Olivier Messiaen's
'Vingt Regards' -
heard by
ANDREW SCHARTMANN

'... Evan Hirsch ... brings forth the very essence of Messiaen's vision.'

Olivier Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jésus - selections. Evan Hirsch. © 2012 MSR Classics

Messiaen's music poses a conundrum to any performer who wishes to convey the aesthetic principles at its heart. Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jésus is no exception. On the one hand, the work intentionally betrays any traditional sense of meter; we cannot easily find a pulse, let alone place the music into a hierarchy of strong and weak beats. On the other hand, our very nature drives us to find a unit of measure — some periodic pumping of a musical heart to guide our journey through the composer's web of thick chords and highly complex melodic strands...

Copyright © 23 December 2013 Andrew Schartmann,
Connecticut USA

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MESSIAEN: VINGT REGARDS SUR L'ENFANT-JÉSUS

OLIVIER MESSIAEN

MSR CLASSICS

FRANCE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

PIANO MUSIC

20TH CENTURY

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