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Keywords: birdsong
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Journal Articles
Journal of Musicology (2014) 31 (4): 503–540.
Published: 01 October 2014
... the interjection of birdsong within serene environments and that signal the striking appearance of divine power on earth. In addition to stylistic and semiotic correlations, the logic of shock theorized for the pebble in the water recurs more abstractly in Messiaen’s idiomatic views on musical experience...
Journal Articles
Journal of Musicology (2009) 26 (2): 175–204.
Published: 01 April 2009
... la Pentecôte for organ (1950), Messiaen dramatizes the Cold War threat of nuclear apocalypse by contrasting a leitmotif he calls the Beast of the Apocalypse with evocations of birdsong that represent peace and freedom. Probably influenced by Picasso's use of birds as symbols of peace and by René...