Excruciatingly Human

An investigation into the theoretical treatment of love and death in Messiaen’s Harawi of the “Tristan Trilogy” *NOTE: My endnotes have been lost in formatting translation, but my works cited can be found at the end of the post. Despite his reputation as a devoutly religious man, and a nearly supernatural composer, Olivier Messiaen’s (1908-1992)Continue reading “Excruciatingly Human”

Gifts to the Harp

*NOTE: My endnotes have been lost in formatting translation, but my works cited can be found at the end of the post. While Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel exhibited quite different French compositional styles, one quality they shared was an interest and deftness in composing for the harp. They often utilized the harp in uniqueContinue reading “Gifts to the Harp”

“I’d like to propose a toast…” “…to death!”

A truly cynical woman is a rarity on stage and screen. The optimism and openness of youth makes for an attractive female character, but leaves a grittiness and realism to be desired. While Stephen Sondheim is no stranger to writing interesting female characters, there are two standouts that together, create a unique female archetype: thatContinue reading ““I’d like to propose a toast…” “…to death!””