(musTh) 212: Listening/Reading Assignment – Messiaen

For Friday (2/21):

  • Read Ch. 6 of the Kostka (“Developments in Rhythm”)
  • Listen to TWO movements of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time (one additional movement from what I said in class):
    • Movement 1, “Liturgie de cristal (Crystal Liturgy), in the Burkhart starting on p. 503.
    • Movement 6, “Danse de la Fureur, pour les sept trompettes (Dance of the Furies, for the seven trumpets). I’ve put a pdf of the first seven measures in iLocker (DanceFuries.pdf, in the 212 folder).

Each movement covers an essential element (or more) of new developments in rhythm.

Naxos Music Library has a good recording of the Quartet. Search for “CAP21481”.


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