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Series I: Letters

Series II: Photographs and music

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the letters from Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen to Madeleine Forte, 1978-2001 MS 576



creator Author (aut) Loriod, Yvonne
creator Author (aut) Messiaen, Olivier, 1908-1992
Title: Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen letters to Madeleine Forte
Dates: 1978-2001
Abstract The letters of Oliver Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen to Madeleine Forte date from 1978-2001 and give detailed commentary on Olivier Messiaen's life and works as well as the interpretation of his works for piano.
Identification: MS 576
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Sketch

Olivier Messiaen (December 10, 1908 – April 27, 1992) was a composer, organist, and teacher born in Avignon, France. He studied at the Paris Conservatory where he later taught and was the organist of La Sainte Trinite church in Paris. Messiaen is known for rhythmically complex music influenced by his Catholic faith and love of nature and ornithology.

Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen (January 20, 1924 – May 17, 2010), born in Houilles, France, was a pianist, teacher, composer, and known as the most important interpreter of Olivier Messaien's piano works. She was a student of Olivier Messaien at the Paris Conservatory and later became a professor at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris and in the 1940s she began premiering Olivier Messaien's compositions for the piano. Yvonne and Olivier married in 1961 following the death of his first wife.

Madeleine Forte is a French concert pianist with degrees from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, The Juilliard School, and New York University where her dissertation was focused on the music of Olivier Messiaen.

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Scope and Contents

The letters of Oliver Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen to Madeleine Forte date from 1978-2001 and give detailed commentary on Olivier Messiaen's life and works as well as the interpretation of his works for piano. The letters are in French and have accompanying translations. Also included are photographs of Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and her apartment and the compact disc "Madeleine Forte plays piano music of Olivier Messiaen with commentary by Allen Forte."

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Recipient (rcp) Forte, Madeleine, 1938- -- Correspondence
Subjects
Music
Genres
letters (correspondence)
photographs

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen letters to Madeleine Forte, MS 576, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Letters

Box Folder
1 1 Letters from Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen to Madeleine Forte
2 Translation of letters

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Series II: Photographs and music

Box Folder
1 3 Photographs
4 CD - Madeleine Forte plays piano music of Olivier Messiaen
with commentary by Allen Forte - five of the Preludes (1929), six of the Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jesus (1944)

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