Public Research Seminar: Christopher Dingle
Public Research Seminar Series
Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 2
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Messiaen, Truth and Reality
Truth is a recurrent theme in the music of Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992) and it is central to his thinking. And yet, time and again, Messiaen’s relationship with the truth as it is commonly understood is puzzling. After outlining some exemplars of Messiaen being at variance with the truth, this research seminar considers some aspects of the cultural and theological basis for his mindset, arguing that Messiaen notions of truth and reality operate on multiple levels.
Christopher Dingle is Professor of Music at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His realization of the orchestration of Messiaen’s Un oiseau des arbres de Vie (Oiseau Tui) received its world premiere at the BBC Proms in 2015. He has authored/edited five books on Messiaen, including Messiaen’s Final Works and the acclaimed The Life of Messiaen. He is editor of The Cambridge History of Music Criticism and a substantial book of conversations with the composer Julian Anderson will be published by Boydell in 2020. He has also written for BBC Music Magazine for over 25 years.
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