Recorded on 01/25/2005, uploaded on 01/25/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Composer, organist, pianist and teacher, Messiaen is recognized as one
of the most important musicians of the Twentieth Century. His music reflects his belief in God and his
love of nature, especially of birds. Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus was composed in 1944 and the first performance was
given by his wife, Yvonne Loriod, in Paris in 1945.
Première communion de la vierge is
constructed in 3 sections. The first part is a
meditation in which Messiaen introduces the theme of God in the left hand and
the sounds of birds in the right hand.
In the middle part, we hear the same theme of God but with more rhythm;
it is now a Magnificat. In the third
section, the composer introduces bells and the heartbeat of a baby (represented
by many F's in the lower register).
This piece finishes as it started: in peace. Jean-François Latour
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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