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Sandro Botticelli, Holy Trinity (Pala della Convertite), Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, 1491-93

Oliver Messiaen: Music for Trinity Sunday

Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen, Les Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité, performed by Olivier Messiaen himself on the  Cavaillé-Coll organ of l'Église de la Trinité, Paris, the organ of which Messiaen was titular for 66 years.  Simon Cummings, the young British composer and pianist, has posted this long out-of-print Erato disc for downloadClick to go to Cummings' website and to read his comments.  Cummins believes that Les Méditations may be the greatest organ piece ever.  Click to read Messiaen's ideas on Communicable Language and his own programme notes for the Méditations. 

Click to go to the complete Les Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité performed by Thomas Daniel Schlee on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of l'Église de la Trinité, Paris. 

Click to go to Jennifer Bate's performance of Les Méditations also on the  Cavaillé-Coll organ of l'Église de la Trinité, Paris.

Olivier Messiaen, composed other organ music in praise of the Blessed Trinity as well. The Pièce en trio, No. 1, from the Livre d'orgue, was composed for Trinity Sunday Click to go to the performance by Charles Tompkins on the 1984 Casavant organ of the First Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina. 

Click to go to the last movement of Les Corps glorieux: Le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité performed by Jon Gillock on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of l'Église de la Trinité.