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Book: Messiaen by Robert Sherlaw-Johnson

The late Robert Sherlaw-Johnson's pioneering monograph on the composer has been updated by Caroline Rae. This makes it a valuable guide, combining the creative and spiritual insight of the original and the impressive, up to date scholarship of its editor. Messiaen wrote surprisingly little liturgical music, but brought his faith to bear in the concert halls of Europe and the world through the c...

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Thinking Faith on Olivier Messiaen - 'plain old propaganda'

 On the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Catholic composer Olivier Messiaen, Peter Bannister discusses the religious vision expressed through Messiaen's works, and the social and political context in which his music was composed.  Are the critics who label some of his works as 'propaganda' justified in doing so?  Read his article on Thinking Faith:

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