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Messiaen’s Colourful Gazes

Messiaen’s Colourful Gazes



Olivier Messiaen’s 1944 Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus is a classic in the 20th-century piano solo repertoire. Cast in twenty contemplations on the infant Jesus, the epic set represents a perfect ground for understanding Messiaen’s compositional techniques. This lecture-demonstration will focus on the Thème de Dieu (Theme of God), one of the three distinctive themes around which Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus is constructed. Talented local young pianist Shelley Ng will lead audience into a glimpse of this tour-de-force against a background of the cycle’s indebtedness to numerology, Catholic symbolism, Indian and Greek rhythms, while exploring Messiaen’s idiosyncratic musical language.


MESSIAEN  Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

XI.  Première Communion de la Vierge
XV. Le Baiser de l’Enfant


吳宇晴/鋼琴 Shelley Ng, piano
陳慶恩教授/主持 Prof. Chan Hing-yan, host


Grand Hall
Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre
Centennial Campus
The University of Hong Kong


$20 (admin fee)

  • For ages 8+
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* Exempted scenarios include: (1) Children under 5 years of age, (2) recovered persons previously infected with COVID-19 and within 6 months from recovery, or (3) persons with a certified medical exemption.


  • Patrons under the age of 8 will not be admitted.
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  • The programme is approximately 1 hour without intermission.
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