Olivier Messiaen was one of the most influential religious artists and composers of the twentieth century. Writing in a time dominated by cynicism and abstraction, the irrepressible optimism of his expression of religious conviction were remarkable. In the composer’s century year, Christopher Dingle explores Messiaen’s musical meditations.
Christopher Dingle lectures at Birmingham Conservatoire and is the author/ editor of several books on the French composer Olivier Messiaen. He writes for BBC Music Magazine and was a member of the jury for the 2008 BBC Music Magazine 2008 awards.