Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Messaien Improvisation

I'm just back from a short but restful holiday and thought I'd ease back into the blogoshpere by simply posting a youtube clip.  This is Olivier Messiaen improvising at the organ of Sainte Trinite in Paris.  Because he was so important and influential as a composer and teacher, comparatively little fuss has been made over his improvising skills.  This man was simply an incredible musician.  The second, longer piece that begins around 6:30 was mind blowing for me. If I could hear music like this in church every week I'd convert to Catholicism tomorrow.


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