Paris: Durand & Cie. [PN 13,258], 1965, ©c1950.
Folio. Original publisher's ivory printed wrappers. [i] (recto title, verso blank), [i] (dedication to Yvonne Loriod), [ii) (author's notes), [i] (blank), 99, [i] (publisher's advertisement) pp.
Ex libris noted musicologist Stanley Boorman, with his signature to corner of upper wrapper.
Wrappers slightly worn, with small edge tears; detached. Uniformly browned; several annotations in pencil.
First edition; later issue; ©1950. Simeone I/25.
Visions premiered in Paris at the Galerie Charpentier, Concerts de la Pléiade by Yvonne Loriod and the composer on 10 May 1943.
"The sources of [Messiaen's] music may be traced on the one hand to the French organ tradition and on the other to the innovations of Debussy, Stravinsky and Bartók, but right at the start of his career he found a modal system that has a completely individual sound, and to this he remained true, even when he vastly extended the possibilities of his style after World War II. He was alone, too, among major 20th-century composers in his joyously held Catholic faith, which again was unswerving, however much he came to value non-European cultures, especially Indian and Japanese. As a teacher he instructed many of the most prominent composers of the next two generations." Paul Griffiths in Grove Music Online.
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