MESSIAEN: SEPT HAÏKAÏ

MS 5575
MS Short Title MESSIAEN: SEPT HAÏKAÏ
Text OLIVIER MESSIAEN: SEPT HAÏKAÏ FOR PIANO SOLO, XYLOPHONE, MARIMBA AND ORCHESTRA
Description MS in French on paper, Paris, 1962-1963, 78 ff 35x22 cm ruled with 22 staves, photocopy of the full orchestral score prepared for printing with autograph corrections, additions, annotations and detailed performance instructions and recommendations including a drawing of the disposition of the orchestra.
Binding Paris 1963 red cardboards bound with metal spiral
Provenance 1. Olivier Messiaen (1962-1992) and heirs; 2. Alde, Paris (Commissaire-Priseur Jérôme Delcamp) 17 June 2016 lot 254.
Commentary

The first performance was 30 October 1963 at l'Odéon Théâtre de France, Paris, with Pierre Boulez conducting and Yvonne Loriod piano and Orchestre du Domaine Musical.

Messiaen (1908-1992) composed Sept Haïkaï, Japanese sketches, on a travel to Japan in 1962. As most of his compositions it is inspired by nature and birds, like the park at Nara, birdsong at the foot of Mount Fuji and near the Asama volcano. As example, Messiaen's instruction for the 5th movement "Miyajima et le Torii dans la mer": "Le chef d'orchestre doit porter toute son attention sur l'équilibre des plans sonores. --- L'ensemble doit sonner comme une riche, violante, et complexe superposition de couleurs."

Place of origin Paris, France
Dates 1962-1963

Location