Advisor

Hall, James

Committee Member

Dahlke, Andrew

Committee Member

Elwood, Paul

Committee Member

Wanasika, Isaac

Department

College of Performing and Visual Arts; School of Music, Music Performance

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley, (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-2020

Extent

131 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

Aguirre-Berman, Alexandra L, Finding Messiaen’s Blackbird: an investigative analysis of birdsong and other techniques used in Le merle noir. Published Doctor of Arts dissertation, University of Northern Colorado, 2020. This document explores Olivier Messiaen’s use of serialism, Greek rhythms, Hindu deçi-tâlas, ‘style oiseau’ and other ornithological information as they relate to his composition for flute and piano, Le merle noir. As a result of this exploration, an investigative analysis of several compositional elements is provided, including ancient Greek rhythms, Hindu deçi-tâlas, serialism, and birdsong in order to process their connection with Messiaen’s blackbird. Messiaen’s blackbird is identified as the Eurasian blackbird (Turdus merula), and recorded birdcalls from the Eurasian blackbird have been converted into spectrograms. These graphs facilitated a comparison of the vocalizations produced by the birds with Messiaen’s written music. This investigative analysis provides a new perspective in the interpretation of Le merle noir.

Degree type

DA

Degree Name

Doctoral

Local Identifiers

AguirreBerman_unco_0161D_10886.pdf

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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