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Spiritual-temporal imagery in music of Olivier Messiaen and Toru Takemitsu

Timothy Koozin University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, USA The Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu has stated that he was so moved by Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time that he asked Messiaen for permission to use the same instrumentation in a piece of his own. The work which grew out of that encounter, Takemitsu's Quatrain 11, displays traits which can be traced to Messiaen's music and the procedures Messiaen advocated in his treatise The Technique of My Musical Language.