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The Life of Messiaen (Musical Lives) Paperback – March 22, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0521635479 ISBN-10: 0521635470

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Product Details

  • Series: Musical Lives
  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521635470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521635479
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The best parts of this absorbing book are those where Dingle relates the music to Messiaen's religious faith and to the many difficulties he faced during his life ... many of the author's judgments on the music itself have made me want to go back and listen to works I know - or thought I knew.' BBC Music Magazine

'Christopher Dingle is a seasoned Messiaen insider with a good feel for narrative pacing, and for how much speculation can be risked alongside authentic documentary material.' Gramophone

'... this neatly assembled and marvellously readable volume in the Cambridge Musical lives series. ... surprises with several new investigative strands and more than satisfies with a cogent and entertaining commentary ... a thoroughly researched, beautifully executed display if lightly-handled scholarship that makes one feel simultaneously admiring of such an all too rare facility and thoroughly envious of it.' Classical Music

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One of the most influential and idiosyncratic composers of the twentieth century, Messiaen was at the centre of many significant developments in music throughout his lengthy career. This accessible and informative study traces the life and works of this intriguing personality, detailing how he formed his own individual musical voice.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Peterson on November 8, 2007
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Dingle provides personal information and photos not found in any other published source of this composer. I studied with Messiaen in 1971 and have read almost everything in book form published about Messiaen. I highly recommend this book.
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