- Hardcover: 428 pages
- Publisher: Indiana University Press (December 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0253353734
- ISBN-13: 978-0253353733
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Performing Messiaen's Organ Music: 66 Masterclasses Hardcover – December 14, 2009
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"[This] book... has been acclaimed for its exhaustive scope and insights." ―New York Times
"For anyone who plays Messiaen on the organ, this is a book to treasure." ―Music & Vision
Performing Messiaen's Organ Music provides an essential reference for organists and a useful guide for all interpreters of Messiaen. Rich with historical background, descriptive analysis, and subjective insight, it makes these towering works more intelligible to organists and will enable them to consult an authoritative source for their performances.Notes
"Jon Gillock is a true messenger of Messiaen’s music.... Through him, audiences can easily understand the musical message of the great composer Olivier Messiaen. In his performances, [Gillock] takes the listener with him into Messiaen’s spiritual world from the sounding of the first note until the very end." ―Yuko Hayashi, New England Conservatory
"Drawing on intensive experience with the music and his close relationship with Messiaen, the author provides organists and others interested in this music with an engaging, accessible narrative that sheds much new light on Messiaen's complex music, which has confounded performers for many years.... Highly recommended." ―Choice, July 2010
"Gillock excels at conveying his understanding of the meaning and spirit of the pieces, and this aspect forms the core of the book.... With the most complete primary-source guide in English to the performance of this music, Gillock presents an invaluable and deeply felt manual.... [He]... imparts vividly in words the involvement and passion the performer needs in order to bring the music to life, encouraging the player again and again to feel the gesture." ―The Diapason, September 1, 2010
An organist and a former student of Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Gillock has compiled a useful, comprehensive companion to the organ works of this important composer. Drawing on intensive experience with the music and his close relationship with Messiaen, the author provides organists and others interested in this music with an engaging, accessible narrative that sheds much new light on Messiaen's complex music, which has confounded performers for many years. The first of the book's two parts examines Messiaen's entire output for organ in a series of 66 master classes, each devoted to a work or movement (arranged chronologically by composition date). Historical information, performance issues, and technical and aesthetic perspectives abound; Gillock is especially adept at linking the music to its religious roots. Part 2 provides technical, aesthetic, and historical information on the organ at Paris's Église de la Sainte-Trinité--Messiaen's organ. Included is a 1980 essay by the composer on the instrument. Appendixes provide a short biographical sketch and a liturgical calendar identifying appropriate feast days for the performance of specific works. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. --ChoiceB. Doherty, New College, July 2010
"Performing Messiaen’s Organ Music is a significant contribution to both the Messiaen literature as well as to performance practice in general.... [T]hrough his numerous interpretative insights about Messiaen’s organ works, Gillock has shown himself to be not only a first-rate artist but also a fabulous teacher of a music whose beauty and grandeur reflect the qualities of the French Romantic-symphonic organ school from which it emerged." ―Performance Practice review
About the Author
Jon Gillock studied with Messiaen at the Paris Conservatory and premiered several of his late organ works in the United States and Japan. Gillock has performed several concerts on the organ at La Trinité in Paris, the church at which Messiaen served as organist for more than 60 years.
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