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“True music is spiritual, music which may be an act of faith; music which may touch upon all subjects without ceasing to touch upon God; original music, in short, whose language may open a few doors, take down some yet distant stars.”


Olivier Messiaen

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Saturday 12 March 2022, 15:00

The Hague: Elandstraatkerk

Livre du saint-sacrement

Bert den Hertog organ



Olivier Messiaen
Livre du Saint-Sacrement


This concert is a co-production with Haags Orgelkontakt and Stichting Orgel Elandstraatkerk.

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The Hague: Elandstraatkerk

Mysticism, darkness and resurrection

Devotion, mysticism, darkness, resurrection and ecstasy. With these motives, Olivier Messiaen turned his last cycle Livre du Saint-Sacrement into a monument of organ literature. Playing this richly varied music requires the utmost from an organist. Bert den Hertog takes up that challenge on the organ of the Elandstraatkerk, of which he is the regular player. It is a magnificent instrument that does full justice to the beauty of sound and the richness of colour in Messiaen’s music.

Messiaen completed his two-hour cycle in 1985. It was the crowning achievement of his organ oeuvre and his work as an organist. Back in 1931 he was appointed organist at the Église de la Sainte-Trinité in Paris. Even after he had made a name for himself  as one of the greatest composers of his time, he continued to grace the church services on Sundays with his organ playing until shortly before his death in 1992.

Bert den Hertog plays Messiaen

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