The gelatin silver photograph (202 × 253 mm, in fine condition) dates from Messiaen's first and only visit to Australia, to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1988; he was in his 80th year. Accompanying the photograph is the advance publicity pack issued by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (press releases from the MSO and the ABC, four leaves foolscap folio, printed rectos only; a brochure for the Messiaen-related events at Melba Hall; and a poster for the concert on 21 May 1988, featuring Messiaen's 'Turangalila Symphony' - 'One Performance Only! In the presence of the composer'). The photograph was taken at that concert. Provenance: Collection of The Hon Barry Jones AC.
Provenance: Collection of The Hon Barry Jones AC.