Monday, November 24, 2008

Messiaen at Columbia

Messiaen at 100

2008-2009 Season


Composer Portraits

Olivier Messiaen, composer (1908-1992)
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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.

5 comments:

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...?