January 20, birthday of Yvonne Loriod (1924 – 2010)

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I may not post.  On with today’s composer.

Yvonne Loriod was the second wife of composer Olivier Messiaen and herself  a composer, teacher and pianist.  As a student at the Paris Conservatory, her composition teacher was Messiaen.  At the age of 25, she was appointed professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris Her greatest fame and acclaim came as a concert pianist and she championed not only her professor’s compositions, but she also premiered pieces by other famous difficult works by composers like Bartok Piano Concerto number 2. After Messiaen’s wife died, Loriod married him, and in their later years continued to teach and mentor performers of Olivier’s works.

I can’t find any of her compositions online, but there are plenty of her performing Olivier’s and other’s works.

Messiaen: “Noel”
Debussy’s Etudes

Various Piano Works by Mozart
Messiaen:Le Moqueur polyglotte (part 1)


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One Response to January 20, birthday of Yvonne Loriod (1924 – 2010)

  1. darlamsands says:

    Beautiful love story between two talents. Very nice.


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