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Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen
Birth: Jan. 20, 1924
Drocourt
Departement des Yvelines
Île-de-France, France
Death: May 17, 2010
Saint-Denis
Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis
Île-de-France, France

Pianist. Though she performed the music of a long list of composers, she shall be remembered as the foremost exponent of the works of her husband, Olivier Messiaen. Raised in Houilles by a musical family, she took-up the piano at six, taught initially by her godmother; by 14 she was proficient in the works of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, and was soon to enter the Paris Conservatoire. There she broadened her skills, produced some compositions, and won seven first prizes. In 1941 she was to meet a new piano professor, Olivier Messiaen; Loriod began to perform her teacher's compositions, and as time went on he started tailoring them to her talents. She was to garner good reviews for her interpretations of "Harawi" (1944), the Five Rechants for 12 Mixed Voices (1948), and for the large piano part in the Turangaila Symphony, the last providing the vehicle for her 1949 American debut with Leonard Bernstein and the Boston Symphony. Soon appointed professor at the Conservatoire, Loriod also developed an international following, playing (and recording) the music of not only Messiaen, but of her classmates Jean Barraque and Pierre Boulez (giving the premiere of his Second Book of Structures), as well as the older pieces of Schumann, Mozart, Chopin, and Franz Liszt. Though long friends, Loriod and Messiaen were unable to form a romantic relationship until Messiaen's first wife, violinist Claire Delbos, died in 1959 after years in an asylum. Through the 1960s, her virtuosity was increasingly tested as Messiaen produced a long series of difficult compositions based on bird calls, including the three hour "Catalogue d'oiseaux"; following her husband's death in 1992, she added his name to her own, and continued championing and performing his music, even orchestrating his "Concert a quatre". In later years, she assisted several biographers, and was a respected judge at competitions, including the triennial Concours Olivier Messiaen. She left behind a large recorded legacy on Erato and Deutsche Grammophon which had earned her 12 Grand Prix du Disque awards over the years. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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  Olivier Messiaen (1908 - 1992)
 
Burial:
Cemetery of Saint Théoffrey
Saint-Theoffrey
Departement de l'Isère
Rhône-Alpes, France
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: May 18, 2010
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- chris graziano
 Added: May. 17, 2016

- Bob Hufford
 Added: May. 17, 2016
Essential part of the great tapestry. Rest peacefully
- David Roth
 Added: Dec. 10, 2014
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