A valuable resource for students and performers!
Background information on each of Messiaenís organ works, its premiere, Messiaenís own related writings and systematic explanations of performance considerations are the core elements of this very fine book. In 66 carefully recounted masterclasses, Gillock offers myriad details relating to the playing of this unique music. Part Two of the book is concerned with the organ of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Paris, where Messiaen was titular organist. A glossary of terms and techniques, bibliography, and a biographical sketch are also included, along with a foreward by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen.