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By Jeanne Demessieux

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Nativite composed by Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968). Edited by Maxime Patel. For organ. This edition: folded, stapled. Modern. (7/8) difficult. Score. Text language: English and French. 28 pages. Published by Editions Delatour France (D2.DLT0932).

ISBN 979-0-56017-745-8. With Text language: English and French. Modern. 21 x 29.7 cm inches.

Commencee le 27 decembre 1943 et achevee le 6 janvier 1944, cette Nativite fut composee juste avant l'elaboration de la premiere des six Etudes (ecrites sur la demande de son Maitre Marcel Dupre et editees en 1946). Oeuvre deja remarquablement personnelle, elle place Jeanne Demessieux comme une compositrice au langage poetique et original, possedant une science de la registration renouvelee. Ecrite volontairement sur un ton volubile, l'auteur explique que son "idee avait ete de faire quelque chose de leger, ayant vu la Nativite grelottante, miserable et tendre", sorte d'antithese au climat exterieur ambiant, ponctue par les violences de la guerre.

This Nativite (Nativity), which was begun on 27th December 1943 and completed on 6th January 1944, was composed immediately before the development of the sketches of the first of the Six Etudes, which were written to a commission from her teacher Marcel Dupre and published in 1946. This work is remarkably individual for such an early date, showing Jeanne Demessieux to be a composer with an original, poetic, musical language and a renewed understanding of registration. The piece is in free form and written in a voluble manner. The composer explains that her aim was 'to make something light, based on the shivering, poverty-stricken tenderness of the Nativity,' a kind of antithesis of what was going on around her, punctuated by the violence of the war.

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