'MIROIR FLUIDE': MESSIAEN, DEBUSSY, AND CYRANO'S 'SYNAESTHETIC' BIRD
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AbstractThe critical influence of Debussy's music on Messiaen's artistic development is widely acknowledged, but the more specific question as to how it helped shape Messiaen's sound-world has not been addressed in any depth. Volume VI of Messiaen's Traite de rythme, de couleur et d'ornithologie (2001), which compiles his analyses of Debussy's music, is one of the best sources for such an investigation. Taking a cue from the notion of a 'miroir fluide', which was cited by Messiaen from Cyrano de Bergerac (1620-55) in Traite VI, this essay explores how the latter may be read metaphorically along the same line. Since Messiaen was less wary about how his discourse might affect others' perception of him as a composer in Traite VI, the latter throws as much light on Debussy's as on his own music.
All Author(s) ListCheong WL
Journal nameMusic and Letters
Detailed descriptionOxford University Press.
Year2014
Month11
Day1
Volume Number95
Issue Number4
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP): Policy E - Oxford Open Option B - RCUK
Pages603 - 647
ISSN0027-4224
eISSN1477-4631
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesMusic

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