Date of Award

1-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Music

First Advisor

Kristin Taavola, Ph.D.

Keywords

Choral Music, Harmonic Complexity, Linear Analysis, Olivier Messiaen, Post-Tonal Music, Set Theory

Abstract

In this study I examine three early works of Olivier Messiaen: the motet O sacrum convivium (1937), "La colombe" from the eight piano preludes (1928-9), and the closing passage of "La fiancée perdue" from the song cycle Trois méodies (1930). All three works exhibit varying degrees of tonal behavior in combination with a foreground focus on harmonic sonority. As such, I approach each of them with two contrasting analytic methods: modified Schenkerian linear-reductive analysis, informed by the interaction of diatonic and octatonic collections, and set-class analysis. The latter approach incorporates the harmonic complexity index (HCI) as an innovative harmonic measure calculated from the interval-class vector of each set-class. Informed by established and recent scholarly work, the introduction to the thesis provides a background for the application of these analytic techniques to this repertoire, while the thesis itself demonstrates that form is revealed powerfully through the combination of these two separate perspectives.

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

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Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Krista Lenore Beckman

File size

67 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Music, Performing Arts

Included in

Music Commons

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