Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Kristin Taavola, Ph.D.
Choral music, Harmonic complexity, Linear analysis, Olivier Messiaen, Post-tonal music, Set theory
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.
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Krista Lenore Beckman
Received from ProQuest
Beckman, Krista Lenore, "Sonority and Linear Structure in Three Early Works of Olivier Messiaen" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1207.
Music, Performing Arts