Bertrand Chamayou - Messiaen, Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

Messiaen, Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

Bertrand Chamayou

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Olivier Messiaen, Toru Takemitsu, Anthony Cheung, Tristan Murail, György Kurtág, Jonathan Harvey

“A giant fresco, a kind of odyssey,” is Bertrand Chamayou’s description of Olivier Messiaen’s piano masterwork, Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jésus.  Written in 1944, it is a monumental, mystical and iridescent sequence of 20 gazes or contemplations on the infant Jesus. Messiaen once wrote that

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