Olivier Messiaen's Appel interstellaire : the influence of birdsong and its technical challenges on horn

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dc.contributor.advisor Berger, Gene P.
dc.contributor.author Hoerst, Aaron Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-28T19:07:57Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-28T19:07:57Z
dc.date.issued 2016-07-23
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/200356
dc.description.abstract This paper is a study of Olivier Messiaen’s “Appel Interstellaire.” Though its original context is as the sixth movement of Des Canyons aux étoiles . . . , it is more commonly performed outside Des Canyons as a solo movement for recital repertoire. This lack of context can jeopardize the player’s rendering of what Messiaen originally intended for the piece. Therefore, it is important to investigate the understanding of the contextual reflection of “Appel Interstellaire” within Des Canyons. Messiaen used his worship of nature and God to create his music. His experience in Catholicism often led him to find divine beauty within music. A large number of his melodies are derived from various birdsongs. In his book, Langage Communicable, Messiaen writes of a cryptomusical language in which he can derive rhythm and pitch from a set order of cryptology. These compositional practices and others can make the technical challenges of this piece rather staggering for the player. Messiaen makes full use of the French horn’s technical ability to mimic birdsongs by including half-valved trills, large intervallic leaps, and flutter tongue. This paper is broken up into three sections. The first section gives a brief introduction into the musicological background of Messiaen. The second section investigates the origin of “Appel Interstellaire” and how it fits into Des Canyons. The third section explores important performance issues including an analysis from the perspective of bird-song quotation, ‘langage’ communicable, and returning chromaticism.
dc.description.sponsorship School of Music
dc.subject.lcsh Birdsongs.
dc.subject.lcsh Horn (Musical instrument) -- Performance.
dc.subject.other Messiaen, Olivier, 1908-1992. Des canyons aux étoiles. Appel interstellaire.
dc.title Olivier Messiaen's Appel interstellaire : the influence of birdsong and its technical challenges on horn en_US
dc.type Creative project (M.M.), 3 hours.
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.M.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1829532


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