Olivier Messiaen's Opera, <I>Saint Francois d'Assise</I>

Olivier Messiaen's Opera, Saint Francois d'Assise

Vincent Perez Benitez
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/25/2019
Format: Hardback 57 music exx.
ISBN: 978-0-253-04287-3
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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. Benitez combines a close reading of the opera score with accounts from Messiaen’s associates, studies of Messiaen’s birdsong notebooks and other primary documents, and an examination of the religious, musical, poetic, and visual arts literature with which the composer was familiar to explore how the opera’s harmonic language and sound-color relationships motivate its musical meaning and expression. Through his analysis of these diverse sources and comparisons of Saint François d’Assise with other works such as Berg’s Wozzeck and Wagner’s Parsifal, Benitez places Messiaen’s compositional practice within larger musical perspectives and historical contexts.

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Vincent Perez Benitez is Professor of Music Theory at Penn State University. He is author of Olivier Messiaen: A Research and Information Guide.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Notes on the Text
Introduction: Setting the Stage for Messiaen’s Compositional Summa
1. Contemplating Theologies of Beauty, Glory, and Light in Saint François 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 François d’Assise
5. Analyzing the Musical Language of Saint François d’Assise
6. Birdsong in Saint François d’Assise
7. Tonal-Dramatic Associations in Saint Francis’s Spiritual Journey
8. Saint Francis’s Path toward the Numinous: A Tonal-Color Narrative
Appendix: Dramatic Synopsis

Glossary
Bibliography
Index