Olivier Messiaen's opera, Saint François d'Assise / Vincent Perez Benitez.

In this comprehensive study of Olivier Messiaen's magnum opus, Saint François d'Assise, Vincent Perez Benitez examines the opera from both theological and musical-analytical perspectives to ask how Messiaen expresses his Catholic theology through his work.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Benitez, Vincent Perez, 1955- (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2019]
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: Setting the stage for Messiaen's compositional summa
  • Contemplating theologies of beauty, glory, and light in Saint François d'Assise
  • A theological opera and its musical themes
  • Form as an expression of the beyond
  • Chords and colors : the harmonic vocabulary of Saint François d'Assise
  • Analyzing the musical language of Saint François d'Assise
  • Birdsong in Saint François d'Assise
  • Tonal-dramatic associations in Saint Francis's spiritual journey
  • Saint Francis's path toward the numinous : a tonal-color narrative
  • Appendix: Dramatic synopsis.