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STRAVINSKY'S INFLUENCE ON MESSIAEN

‘Les Noces and Trois petites Liturgies: Stravinsky’s influence on Messiaen’
Olivier Messiaen: Music, Art and Literature (Ashgate, 2007)

“Before his death, Messiaen was, quite naturally, regarded as the primary, often the only, source of information about himself and his music. ... Matthew Schellhorn provides a prime example of the kind of recent scholarship that is not afraid to cast a critical eye upon the reliability of some of Messiaen's key pronouncements, in this case with respect to Stravinsky's Les Noces.” (Preface)

This recent volume, published by Ashgate in 2007, contains “Les Noces and Trois petites Liturgies: an assessment of Stravinsky's influence on Messiaen” by Matthew Schellhorn. The chapter makes a detailed comparison of Messiaen’s Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine (1943–44) and Stravinsky’s Les Noces (1914–23). Similarities of instrumentation, modal and rhythmic practice, ethos, aesthetic, text, motif and form, are asserted and evaluated, while Messiaen’s uncharacteristic reticence to analyse his work in great detail is accounted for.

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