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Bruce Forman

Music, Birmingham City University

Thesis title:

The influence of liturgical improvisation on Olivier Messiaen´┐Żs musical language

This project seeks to expand on the often-acknowledged fact that Messiaen was an active liturgical organist, and in that capacity would improvise, by analysing recordings of him improvising. Doing so may shed light on aspects of his compositional practice, and also illuminate the use of theological ideas in his music.

Research Area

  • Music