The Messiaen Companion

Russell Hoban
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ISBN 9780571246441 Format Paperback
Published 22/10/2008 Length 604 pages

About Book

Re-issued to coincide with the centenary of Messiaen's birth, The Messiaen Companion was the first major study to appear after the composer's death in April 1992. It was the first book to offer both a complete survey of Messiaen's extraordinary achievements and a comprehensive guide to his music, also examining in detail the enduring inspiration which Messiaen derived from his religious faith and from his lifelong passion for ornithology and the natural world.

The contributors, all of whom have made a special study of the composer, include two biographers of Messiaen and a number of the foremost interpreters of his music. Messiaen's influential teaching is recalled in essays by three of his pupils (Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin, and Peter Hill), and the composer is also remembered in a remarkable and moving contribution from his widow and devoted musical companion, the pianist Yvonne Loriod.

  • About Russell Hoban

    Russell Hoban was born in Pennsylvania in 1925. He went to art school before serving in World War II and was a freelance illustrator for eight years before taking up full-time writing. His many works of fiction and poetry for both adults and children have won him numerous awards. The Mouse and His Child has been hailed as one of the great classics of the twentieth century.

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  • Edited By: Peter Hill

    The editor, Peter Hill, is a pianist whose complete recording of Messiaen's piano music (made under the composer's guidance) received exceptional critical acclaim. He is well known for his writings and broadcasts on twentieth-century music. Married with two daughters, he lives in Yorkshire and is a Professor of Music at The University of Sheffield.

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