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Olivier Messiaen

A Research and Information Guide, 2nd Edition

By Vincent P. Benitez


366 pages

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Olivier Messiaen: A Research and Information Guide, Second Edition presents researchers with the most significant and helpful resources on Olivier Messiaen, one of the twentieth century's greatest composers. With multiple indices, this annotated bibliography will serve as an excellent tool for librarians, researchers, and scholars sorting through the massive amount of material in the field. The second edition has been fully revised and updated.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Messiaen Studies and Bibliographies

A Discussion of Messiaen Studies

Messiaen Bibliographies

Chapter 2: Primary Sources I: Fonds Olivier Messiaen – Bibliothèque nationale de France/Richelieu, Library of Congress and Symphony Orchestra Archives, Other Collections

Fonds Olivier Messiaen – VM FONDS 30 MES – Bibliothèque nationale de France/Richelieu

Cahiers de notations de chants d’oiseaux

Musical Works of Olivier Messiaen

Pedagogical Works

Compositional Notebooks

Selected Correspondence


Other Materials

Library of Congress and Symphony Orchestra Archives

Other Collections – Library and Private

Chapter 3: Primary Sources II: Articles and Reviews, Pedagogical Works, and Lectures and Librettos

Articles, Essays in Collected Editions, Reviews, and Other Materials by Messiaen

Pedagogical Works

Lectures and Librettos

Chapter 4: Primary Sources III: Prefaces to Works, Interviews, Published Correspondence; and Documentaries and Filmed Performances

Prefaces to Works, Articles/Special Issues, and Books


Published Correspondence and Dedicatory Notes

Documentaries and Filmed Performances

Chapter 5: Biographical and Stylistic Studies

General Studies of Messiaen’s Life and Music, Style, and Aesthetics

Specialized Discussions of Messiaen’s Music

Essay Collections, Program Booklets, and Special Periodical Issues

Devoted to Messiaen

General Biographical, Historical, and Stylistic Discussions of Messiaen and His Music in Articles and Essays in Collected Editions

Chapter 6: Topical Studies

Analytical and Theoretical Studies of Messiaen’s Music


Instrumental, Orchestral, Choral, and Vocal Music

Organ Music

Piano Music




Chapter 7: Studies of Particular Works


Orchestral Works

Chamber Works

Organ Works

Piano Works

Vocal and Choral Works

Electronic Works

Chapter 8: Accounts of Messiaen and His Work in Sources Devoted to Other Topics

Articles and Essays in Collections


Dissertations and Other Unpublished Documents

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Articles

Appendix: List of Musical Works by Olivier Messiaen

I. Opera

II. Orchestral Works

III. Chamber and Instrumental

IV. Organ

V. Piano

VI. Vocal and Choral

VII. Electronic/Stage Music

Index of Names and Subjects

About the Author

Vincent P. Benitez is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the Pennsylvania State University.

About the Series

Routledge Music Bibliographies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Reference