Messiaen’s Triadic Colouration: Modes as Interversion

@article{WaiLing2002MessiaensTC,
  title={Messiaen’s Triadic Colouration: Modes as Interversion},
  author={Cheong Wai-Ling},
  journal={Music Analysis},
  year={2002},
  volume={21},
  pages={53-84}
}
About halfway through the Vingt regards sur l'enfant-esus (1944), in 'Premiere communion de la vierge', Messiaen recalls the opening bars of La nativite du Seigneur (1935).1 This introduces what might reasonably be called the Virgin's theme (Ex. 1), since both movements allude to her presence, although in Technique de mon langage musical Messiaen gives this pattern the rather impersonal designation of a cadence.2 Unadorned as it is when it appears at the outset of La nativite, its recurrence in… Expand
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