Paris: Durand & Cie. [PN D. & F 12,007], .
Folio. Original publisher's light brown printed wrappers. 1f. (recto title, verso publisher's note), 8, [i] (advertisement for 3 other works by Messiaen).
Slightly worn and creased. Browned.
First Edition of the piano reduction, limited to 600 copies. Simeone I/5b.
A French composer, organist and teacher, Messiaen "was a musician apart. The sources of his 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. ... As [he] took possession of his distinctive language, so he moved away from chromatically inflected regular tonality and from an associated fixation on sinfulness and penitence, as reflected in the Diptyque or in Les offrandes oubliées." Paul Griffiths in Grove Music Online.
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