🎻♫♪ – Livre du Saint Sacrement by Olivier Messiaen

So, over Christmas 2020 the COVID-19 entered my household. These posts are those that had to be written up later because being at the computer for more than 15 minutes made me feel beyond tired. I can cook, but I can’t type – it’s very strange. Still, these posts were done well after the fact so apologies in advance.

List Item: Listen to half of the 1001 Classical Works You Must Hear Before You Die
101/501Title: Livre du Saint Sacrement
Composer: Olivier Messiaen
Nationality: French

Warning: if you are fatigued and taking down Christmas decorations, this is not a piece you want to be listening to. There is a time and a place for this type of almost discordant organ music that are based on improvisation – but my first time listening to this was not the right time.

We later tried this again when there wasn’t the removal of tinsel involved and… wow it still made me feel uneasy. I know little to nothing about the organ as an instrument – so I am not able to comment on how difficult these pieces are. I am so in the position of not knowing what I do not know about the workings of an organ that pieces of it feel more like the mashing of hands on a keyboard than the incredibly dextrous playing that I am sure is taking place.

There are differences between movements though. Others are subtler and feel a lot more controlled, but the initial feelings that I had still remain. In the end, organ music like this has a tendency to sound sinister to me rather than joyous or have the ability to stir something up in me.

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