Olivier Messiaen
Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen's Trinity Meditations #9036

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

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

Part 1

  •        i.  The Father of the Stars

  •       ii.  The Holiness of God

  •      iii.  The Essence of God

  •      iv.  The Overpowering Concept of God: HE IS [not included in this broadcast]

  •       v.  The Divine Attributes

Part 2

  •       vi.  Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity

  •      vii.  The Love of the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit

  •     viii.  The Simplicity of God

  •       ix.  I am Who I Am


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