Olivier Messiaen wrote several orchestral works while still in his early twenties, and the pair of those compositions included here offers fascinating glimpses of a . Olivier Messiaen instructs in the score to Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, which was commissioned by French Minister of Cultural Affairs. For Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum means “In expectation of the resurrection of the dead”. It’s not meant to be oppressive or gloomy.

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Tanglewood Program Notes: Messiaen, Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuourum

Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum And I await the resurrection of the dead is a work for wind orchestra by Olivier Messiaenwritten in and first performed the following year. It is composed in five movements.

Originally envisioned as a work for chorus, large orchestra and brass, to be performed in June at resurrectiomem Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and at Notre-Dame de Chartresthe concept of the work and projected date of performance changed several times over the following year. It was premiered in the Sainte-Chapelle at The piece was destined to be performed in large spaces like churches, cathedrals and the open air.


Messiaen was inspired by the countryside which surrounded him as he worked on the composition — the Hautes-Alpes with their great mountains — but also the imposing images of Gothic and Romanesque churches, and the ancient monuments of Mexico and Ancient Egypt. The piece is scored for woodwind, brass and percussion sections.

The string section of a symphony orchestra is omitted entirely. Originally issued on LP, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Authority control MusicBrainz work: Claire Delbos first wife Yvonne Loriod second wife.

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