Traces of a Thomistic De musica in the Compositions of Olivier Messiaen

  title={Traces of a Thomistic De musica in the Compositions of Olivier Messiaen},
  author={Siglind Bruhn},
  journal={Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture},
  pages={16 - 56}
  • S. Bruhn
  • Published 22 September 2008
  • Philosophy
  • Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture
IN THE YEAR OF HIS CENTENNIAL, Olivier Messiaen (1908-92) is widely acknowledged as not only one of the leading French composers of the twentieth century, but as a voice of timeless significance within Western music. In addition to his love for music with its "colors" and rhythms, he felt passionately about two other areas in which he became an erudite scholar: theology and ornithology. A devout Catholic, he owned and diligently read a large collection of theological books; an avid bird lover… 
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