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Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#9 – Regard du Temps

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Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus by Olivier Messiaen

“At the origins, this work had to accompany the poems of Maurice Toesca, La Nativité, a project for radio. Playing Vingt Regards sur l`Enfant – Jésus, I imagined the words which could follow the music, the voice of the actor reading the poems, the atmosphere of Christmas, people after the 2nd World War listening it to the radio like a ray of hope after so much craziness of destruction.

The violence is present also in this cycle, a terrible and extremely one. Jesus himself was a victim of it. In Regards we find the chaos before the creation, but also the tenderness of the motherhood, the image of a sweet sleep of Child Jesus, the wonderful freedom and joy of birds… And after all, in the end, Messiaen shows us the Christian window for peace and freedom, which is love.”

Anca Elena.

Anca Elena and Pianists Corner offer you a rendezvous every two weeks. Each rendezvous will contain one Regard. The first episode will be released first week of December.

#9 – Regard du Temps

“Mystère de la plénitude des temps; le temps voit naître en lui Celui qui est éternel …”

“The mystery of the infinity of Time; Time sees born in itself the One who is Eternal …”

Olivier Messiaen.

Passioned about time research, Messiaen creates an abstract, severe, enigmatic work like a metaphysical painting, Regard du Temps. This short piece is build entirely on exposure of two themes which are shown completely only in the second part of the piece – till then they appear only on fragments. First idea is like a dance, based on a denkhî rhythm, the second is a triple canon with an exotic and mysterious color, like a percussion study.

Anca Elena.


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