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Olivier Messiaen's Opera, Saint Francois d'Assise

Olivier Messiaen's Opera, Saint Francois d'Assise

  • Author: Benitez, Vincent
This volume fulfills Benitez's 'hope that it will serve as an intellectual springboard into the mind of one of the most creative musicians of the twentieth century and Messiaen's self-described... More…



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  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes on the Text
  • Introduction: Setting the Stage for Messiaen's Compositional Summa
  • 1. Theology as Light in Saint Francois d'Assise
  • 2. A Theological Opera and Its Musical Themes
  • 3. Form as an Expression of the Beyond
  • 4. Chords and Colors: The Harmonic Vocabulary of Saint Francois d'Assise
  • 5. Analyzing the Musical Language of Saint Francois d'Assise
  • 6. Light, Freedom, and the Beauty of Creation: Birdsong in Saint Francois d'Assise
  • 7. Tonal-Dramatic Associations in Saint Francis's Spiritual Journey
  • 8. Saint Francis's Path toward the Numinous: A Tonal-Color Narrative
  • Epilogue: Saint Francois d'Assise as Religious Drama in a Contemporary World
  • Appendix 1 Glossary
  • Appendix 2 Dramatic Synopsis
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index