Monday, November 24, 2008

Messiaen at Columbia

Messiaen at 100

2008-2009 Season

Composer Portraits

Olivier Messiaen, composer (1908-1992)
AXIOM ensemble
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

Saturday, December 13, 2008
8:00 PM

Miller Theatre

Sept haïkaï (1962)
Couleurs de la Cité Céleste (1963)
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (1964)

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Libby's playing in the Sept Haikai portion.


Almamater said...

My husband, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on music of Messiaen, says this program is only for the brave of heart..."gritty" was the word he used, I believe.

MacBeth Derham said...

Does he mean that it's difficult to play, or to enjoy as a listener?

Last time Libby played with AXIOM, it was a Luciano Berio program, and I barely withstood the onslaught of sounds. It wasn't gritty, but it was jarring at times.

I generally like Messiaen, but Libby's former violin teacher, a lovely French woman, can't stand his music. I think I may advise my husband to stay at home that night, as he is less tolerant of--er--"grit." LOL! Thanks for the heads-up!

Almamater said...

Oops...just catching up here. The Prof emphasizes DIFFICULT TO LISTEN TO. Best to let your dh sit this one out.

MacBeth Derham said...

Definitely leaving dh at home... ;)

MacBeth Derham said...

BTW, Libby wants to know if there's a copy of that dissertation somewhere...?