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Saint Francois d'Assise -Act III, 7. Les stigmates

INSTRUMENT GROUP: Mixed Choir
COMPOSER: Olivier Messiaen
PUBLISHER: Alphonse Leduc
PRODUCT TYPE: Score
Saint François D'Assise  is an opera in 3 acts by Olivier Messiaen . This volume is part of the edition that includes the books with the full Orchestra scores, as well as the explanations,analysis and comments of each tableau. It is focused on the “Act 3, Tableau 7. Les stigmates” which tells of
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Instrument Group Mixed Choir
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Publisher Alphonse Leduc
Instrumentation Opera
Taal F
Product Type Score
Style Period Post 1901
Genre Opera / Operette
ISMN 9790046274695
Style Period Post 1901
No. AL27469
Description

Saint François D'Assise is an opera in 3 acts by Olivier Messiaen. This volume is part of the edition that includes the books with the full Orchestra scores, as well as the explanations,analysis and comments of each tableau. It is focused on the “Act 3, Tableau 7. Les stigmates” which tells of the moment when Saint Francis receives the stigmata which proves that God approves his status of Saint.

This tableau is happening when Saint Francis is alone, in a cave in Verna. The music, with a choir, depicts a feeling of anxiety until the Choir interprets the voice of the Christ. Saint Francis is then hit by somelightfrom a cross that appeared to him, in the exact same places where the Christ was hit by the Stigmata. The Orchestra is really strong on that tableau and depicts one of the most important moments of the opera

Basedon the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, this opera is set in Italy and is divided as per below:

Act I:
1. La croix
2. Les laudes
3. Le baiser au lépreux

Act II
4.L’ange voyageur
5. L’ange musicien
6. Le prêche aux oiseaux

Act II
7. Les stigmates
8. La mort et la nouvelle vie

This opera was first played at the ParisOpera in 1983.

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was a French Organist and composer passionate about Ornithology and one of the most important composers of his century. Inspired by Japanese music, he had a veryspecial way of composing and his work can be identified by its complexity, its diatonic aspect, its harmony with limited transposition, its colour and its additive rhythms. He composed many works related to ornithology andbirdsong, including the Bird Catalogue in 7 volumes and the Treatise on rhythm, colour and ornithology in 7 volumes.

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