Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur

Saturday 30th January 2021 at 19:00

Assistant Director of Music Timothy Parsons will be performing Olivier Messiaen’s epic La Nativité du Seigneur on the organ of Exeter Cathedral.

The performance will be broadcast live on Exeter Cathedral’s Facebook page on Saturday 30 January at 7pm.

La Nativité is one of the most important and iconic works in the organ’s repertoire. The piece consists of nine meditations, ranging from playful depictions of shepherds and angels to profound expressions of the divine mysteries surrounding the birth of Jesus.

The last movement, Dieu parmi nous (“God among us”) finishes with one of Messiaen’s most famous passages of music: an exhilarating, thunderous toccata for full organ, in which the descending pedal line encapsulates God’s incarnation on Earth. This performance is a final opportunity to reflect on the Christmas message as the season of Epiphany comes to a close: please do tune in!

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