Featured in the soundtrack of The Revenant
Ensemble d’ondes de Montréal
Jean Laurendeau • Marie Bernard • Suzanne Binet-Audet • Geneviève Grenier • Estelle Lemire
Oraison (the Prayer), an extract from Olivier Messaien's Fêtes des belles eaux (Feast of the Beautiful Waters), was included in the soundtrack of The Revenant, the critically acclaimed film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The Revenant recently won a Golden Globe for best dramatic film and has garnered twelve Oscar nominations. The track is performed on the ondes Martenot — an early electronic instrument invented by and named after Maurice Martenot — by the Ensemble d’ondes de Montréal.
The film explores the fight for survival of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s. After being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team, Glass must endure the harsh elements as he seeks vengeance. He even spends a night inside the carcass of a dead horse so as not to freeze to death. It is when he wakes from this grueling night that we hear Messiaen’s Oraison.
Olivier Messiaen’s Oraison: "The year was 1937. In addition to the magnificent exposition attended by visitors from around the world, the city of Paris had organized a festival of sound, water, and light. Once darkness had fallen, the river Seine became the setting for spectacular audio-visual performances in which fireworks in the sky were mirrored by jets of water combined with the harmonies of symphonic music." Olivier Messiaen.
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