University of Hertfordshire

Jonathan Harvey's 'Tombeau de Messiaen': A fitting tribute to a great composer

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  • Philip Mead
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012


Philip Mead commissioned and first performed 'Tombeau de Messiaen' in 1994. It has since come to be recognised as a classic of the medium, being performed by many pianists around the world. This paper explores the work's"raison d'etre"; its relationship to the piano music of Messiaen and the nature of the piano writing; its relationship to his other works; and the many fascinating insights I learned about the work through working closely with the composer in preparation for the first performance.

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