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Two Ways of Looking at Messiaen's "Vingt regards dur l'enfant-Jésus"

Stephens, Michael (2007) Two Ways of Looking at Messiaen's "Vingt regards dur l'enfant-Jésus". Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The analytic component of my dissertation, "Two Ways of Looking at Messiaen's Vingt Regardssur l'Enfant-Jésus," takes two points of entry into the masterwork for piano: the first examinesthe role of repetition in two of the movements, "Regard de la Vierge" and "Regard du Fils sur leFils"; the second investigates Messiaen's synesthesia, analyzing the pitch collections thatcontributed to his visual perceptions. "Regard de la Vierge" utilizes the juxtaposition ofdisparate musics in order to create a conflict; pitch-centricity and the sharing of motives unifythe movement and contribute to the resolution of the conflict. In "Regard du Fils sur le Fils",Messiaen re-contextualizes the first movement, labeled the Thème de Dieu, which provides thestructural foundations for the superimposition of two additional musics.In Baptism, the compositional component of my dissertation, I continue to explore atechnique that is for me a significant change in style: the overlapping of musical events. Somesections of the ensemble continue with one music, while other sections begin new or divergentmaterial. In most instances, the simultaneous musics are realized through metric modulations.The piece was originally commissioned by the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble and David Stock, and after the initial performance, I revised the work in order to highlight this feature. TheUniversity of Pittsburgh Orchestra, under the direction of Roger Zahab, performed the revisedversion in February of 2007.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMoe, Ericemoe@pitt.eduEMOE
Committee MemberWilliams, Amyamywill@pitt.eduAMYWILL
Committee MemberLooney, Dennislooney@pitt.eduLOONEY
Committee MemberRosenblum, Mathewrosenblu@pitt.eduROSENBLU
Date: 19 September 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 12 May 2007
Approval Date: 19 September 2007
Submission Date: 1 August 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: analysis; Messiaen; piano; program notes; translation
Other ID:, etd-08012007-131227
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:55
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:47


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