Olivier Messiaen: Music of Faith (1984)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Instrumental Music, Music History, Religions & Belief Systems  |   Run Time - 79 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The centerpiece of this biographical documentary on celebrated Gallic composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-92) is an extended interview in which Messiaen discusses the two key influences on his classical composition: his devout Catholic faith, and the majesty of the natural world. Messiaen also delves into such subjects as: his relationships with the two most important women in his life (his wife, pianist Yvonne Loriod, and his mother, poet C├ęcile Sauvage); his tenure as an instructor at the exclusive Paris Conservatoire; the importance of tonal color and rhythm in his compositions; and much more. Loriod's on-camera performances of Messiaen's work and archival footage of Messiaen composing augment the central interview.