Thursday, December 10, 2015

Olivier Messiaen - Twenty Meditations On The Baby Jesus - XI The First Communion of the Virgin

Joanna MacGregor, piano

The title of the collection that I've given as "Twenty Meditations on the Baby Jesus" could also be translated as "Twenty Visions" I don't know which would be closer to the composer's intentions.  I'm not enough of a Messiaen scholar to know which sense would be more accurate.  The title of some of them could also be translated in another way from the ones I've chosen.  Some of them are quite mysterious and open to a range of meaning.  Though the centrality of the Baby Jesus, the focus of the entire set and meditations derived from them is certain as is the motive from the very first one signifying God the Father which comes back over and over again.

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