On Progressions of Messiaen - (2016)    

for harp


 

 From the opening chords of the 1928 organ work, Le banquet cÚleste and a simple gesture from the Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1940-41) is made a solo work for harp.

 

 

 The two chords are announced at the outset a piacere, and then the statement is lengthened through repetition and variation. The parallelism in the right hand later recalls a small fragment of the piano's role in the quartet.

 

2 pages, circa 4' 00" - an MP3 demo is here: 

 

The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this score.

 

On Progressions of Messiaen