Preludes pour piano. (Piano Solo). By Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). For Piano. Editions Durand. 20th Century. SMP Level 10 (Advanced). Collection. Standard notation (does not include words to the songs). 55 pages. Editions Durand #DF1184300. Published by Editions Durand (HL.50561132).
With standard notation (does not include words to the songs). 20th Century. 9x12 inches.
Contents: La Colombe • Chant d'Extase dans un Paysage Triste • Le Nombre léger • Instants Défunts • Les Sons Impalpables de Rêve • Cloches d'Angoisse et Larmes d'Adieu • Plainte Calme • En Reflet dans le Vent.
About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.
Location: from Buenos Aires
November 24, 2012
Hey, Mr Durand, it's time to invest!
I have received my new copy of these great Preludes, and frankly I couldn't be more disappointed. In all these years I can't believe Durand has not improved the quality of their edition (only available, alas). Not just that: the blurred types indicate they have not modified their printing methods...
5 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Buenos Aires, Argentina
September 8, 2012
My sole objection is about the print quality of Durand's edition. Certainly not up to the complexity of this music. The notes are somewhat blurred, difficult to read (in music of this difficulty!). I really hope this one has improved on my version, which is terrible. I wish Henle would...
8 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Mississauga, Ontario
September 3, 2008
Don't know why these are not part of standard repertoire. Each is just gorgeous, with lush dense sounds, complex rhythms, imaginative use of piano's registers. As Ryan has noted, they are by and large based on the octatonic collections, which crop up in Messaien's own "modes of limited transposition." These...
31 of 65 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Kissimmee, Fl
Location: from South Carolina
March 28, 2007
These preludes are early Messiaen works extending the style of Debussy and Ravel. They use octatonic and other advanced harmonic languages, but they are somewhat impressionistic conceptually. These merit more attention from serious pianists.
29 of 60 people found this review helpful.