Catalogue d'oiseaux

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Catalogue d'oiseaux ("Catalogue of birds") is a work for piano solo by Olivier Messiaen composed of thirteen pieces, written between October 1956 and September 1958 and devoted to birds and his second wife Yvonne Loriod.

Premiere[edit]

The work was premiered by Yvonne Loriod on 15 April 1959 in Paris, Salle Gaveau, for the concerts of the "Domaine musical" organized by Pierre Boulez.

Aim of the work[edit]

For these pieces, Messiaen did not want to be limited to the evocation of the bird of which each of it bears the title.

Each piece is written in honor of a French province. It bears the title of the bird-type of the chosen region. It is not alone: its habitat neighbors surround it and also sing (...) - its landscape, the hours of day and night that change this landscape, are also present, with their colors, their temperatures, The magic of their perfumes

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Title of the pieces[edit]

Pyrrhocorax-graculus-0016-a.jpg

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Oriole 2.jpg

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Monticola solitarius philippensis.JPG

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Black-eared Wheatear - Cres - Croatia 0003 (1) (18786212513).jpg

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Tawny wiki.jpg

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Lullula arborea3.jpg

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Acrocephalus scirpaceus (cropped).jpg

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Mirafra I IMG 4695.jpg

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37-090505-cettis-warbler-at-Kalloni-east-river.jpg

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Monticola saxatilis NAUMANN.jpg

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Buteo buteo 5 (Marek Szczepanek).jpg

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Black Wheatear - Merzouga Marocco 07 3429 (19400616192).jpg

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Numenius arquata.jpg

Recordings[edit]

See also[edit]

List of compositions by Olivier Messiaen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Booklet of the above referenced CD

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