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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Olivier Messiaen]
Olivier Messiaen

Archive Program Broadcast as:
#8724 on 6/21/1987
#9036 on 9/9/1990

Olivier Messiaen’s
Trinity Meditations

…Charles Tompkins performs this monumental cycle of nine thoughtful impressions of the Divine Spirit, composed by one of the greatest musicians of our age.

Audio 88 minutes

Audio 44:51
Audio 43:10

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Music played in the program

OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Meditations sur le Mystere de la Sainte Trinité - Meditations on the Mysteries of the Holy Trinity [1969]

Part 1

Part 2


This overwhelming and provocative music was premiered by the composer in 1972 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Through a unique tonal vocabulary, Messiaen transports us to an unworldly place of sound in space. Dr. Tompkins’ performance, the work’s Midwestern premiere, was given on the 1927 E.M. Skinner & 1963 Aeolian-Skinner organs of the Cathedral of Saint Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, recorded May 16, 1986


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