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Rhythm in the Music of Messiaen: An Algebraic Study and an Application in the "Turangalîla Symphony"

Julian L. Hook
Music Theory Spectrum
Vol. 20, No. 1 (Spring, 1998), pp. 97-120
Published by: on behalf of the Society for Music Theory
DOI: 10.2307/746158
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/746158
Page Count: 24
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Rhythm in the Music of Messiaen: An Algebraic Study and an Application in the "Turangalîla Symphony"
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Abstract

A system of algebraic terminology and notation is introduced to study "rhythmic characters" in the music of Olivier Messiaen. The concepts developed include generative, periodic, progressive, and recursive rhythms. Fifty rhythms from Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony are classified using these concepts. Interactions of rhythm and pitch, and of rhythms with each other, are also studied.

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