Visions of the Beyond: Olivier Messiaen and French organ music

This conference, to be held on Saturday March 29, 2014 at the Southbank Centre,
London forms part of the Southbank’s Pull Out All the Stops organ festival.
It celebrates the organ music of Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), but also his
contemporaries Jehan Alain (1911-40) and Charles Tournemire (1870-1939),
and Messiaen’s student Jean-Louis Florentz (1947-2004).

Papers should address the technical and the aesthetic elements of this music. In
particular, papers with a focus on how the religious or spiritual nature of this
music is communicated to a secular world would be welcome. All papers should
be focused on the dissemination of expert knowledge to the public.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be the composer Julian Anderson.

Papers should be 20 minutes long (with 10 minutes for Questions and Answers).

Abstracts of 200 words should be sent to Dr Robert Sholl by
January 15, 2014.

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