Art Music Perspectives
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Art Music Perspectives is a podcast devoted to multidisciplinary topics within 20th century music.
||CleanEp. 4: Narrative of “The Alpine Chough”||Messiaen includes a written account of his birdsong collecting tour in the preface to each movement of the Catalog. Read as a quasi-ethnographic account of the ecology around him, the prefaces can also be interpreted as a type of narrative.||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3: Natural Sounds in Musical & Social Practice||Music history is full of examples of composers who used environmental sounds in their works, notably Ludwig van Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, in which he uses Western instruments to mimic the sounds of three different species of birds.||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2: The Language of Birdsong||How does one translate sounds of the forest to the manuscript page, or even describe a natural sound in language? Do Messiaen’s transcriptions succeed? Guests: Mark Berres, ornithologist, and Steve Dembski, composer.||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1: The Catalog of Birds||An introduction to Olivier Messiaen’s epic, seven-volume work around birds in the composer’s homeland of France. Special guest: Todd Welbourne, pianist. Musical performance: “Le Courlis Cendre” (The Curlew), Book 7 of the Catalog. Transcript &||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|