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UMD Wind Orchestra: Resurrection

Friday, February 28, 2014
Dekelboum Concert Hall

Music Director Michael Votta


Olivier Messiaen was commissioned by the French government to write a piece commemorating the dead of the Second World War. In Messiaen’s words, “I am a Catholic and I believe in neither war nor death. I therefore decided to write a piece about life.” The result was his monumental Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, the centerpiece of this program. It is regarded as one of his most important works and one of the monumental works of the 20th century.

Other works on this program include John Mackey's Frozen Cathedral and Mozart's Serenade in C minor. Learn more about these works and their composers in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

Olivier Messiaen - Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

  • Recordings
  • Don't miss an excellent recording of Messiaen's works conducted by Boulez:
    Chronochromie, La ville d'en haut, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum — Olivier Messiaen, Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, conductor
    Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections Room
    Call Number: MCD 10550  
  • Under the direction of composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, the musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra interpret two of Olivier Messiaen’s most challenging works in this classic Deutsche Grammophon recording. Boulez has directed most of the leading symphony orchestras at some point in his long and illustrious career and is one of the most foremost figures in the world of modern music. This 1995 recording features three of Messiaen’s most complex and challenging works, and is stunning in both its balance and clarity.
  • Scores
  • Books
  • A highlight of this list includes:
    The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond — Sander van Maas
    Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Stacks
    Call Number: ML410.M595 M34 2009

    A scholarly study of religious music with a focus on the works of Olivier Messiaen, Sander van Maas explores the way modern listeners think about religious music. The music of Messiaen, whose compositional choices were influenced by his Catholic faith, provides the basis for this analysis of the ways religion can influence a composer’s stylistic approach. 

W.A. Mozart - Serenade in C minor

  • Recordings
  • Scores
  • Biographies of Mozart
  • Film 
  • A must-see for any Mozart fan:
    Amadeus — Miloš Forman, director
    Location: Hornbake Library — Library Media Services Desk
    Call Number: PN1997 .A33 2002 pt.1 

    Fans of Mozart and music-lovers of all kinds shouldn’t miss this 1984 period drama. Based on the eponymous play by Peter Shaffer, Amadeus is told from the point of view of Antonio Salieri, court composer to the Holy Roman Emperor and head of the Hapsburg dynasty, Joseph II. When the young prodigy and genius composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrives in Vienna with the hope of securing patronage, Salieri is shocked to discover that such an immense talent could live in what he considers to be an irreverent and crass “creature.” Salieri’s jealousy spurs him to thwart the younger composer’s success, despite his deep admiration for Mozart’s music. This iconic film should be on the top of the must-see list for anyone with an interest in Mozart’s music.