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Messiaen, enough to make a mountain out of it

2021-08-01T17:56:14.445Z

WE WERE THERE - In the Hautes-Alpes, the festival dedicated to the late composer offered this weekend a concert facing the glacier as beautiful as it is adventurous.



Special envoy to La Grave-La Meije (Hautes-Alpes)

When the cable car arrives, a strange song greets the stunned visitors.

Soon caught up with the dismal ringing of the bells announcing the return in tutti of the orchestra, on its initial theme emerging from the depths, the woods sing a singular bird melody… Not of those that one usually hears in the massif Ecrins, a paradise for hiking and budding bird watchers.

This melody is that of the uraapuru, a legendary Amazonian bird, whose song is said to be as sublime as it is difficult to hear.

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Summoned by Messiaen as the opening of the third movement of his dazzling orchestral work

Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

, this song already resonates naturally with scathing topicality.

On this morning of July 31, on the landing which culminates at 2400 meters facing the Meije glacier, it suddenly acquires a sublime dimension that literally takes on the guts.

This concert of

Et exspecto

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Source: lefigaro

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