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The Journey

Sie war doch sonst ein wildes Blut, nun geht sie tief in Sinnen.  So begins the second stanza of Theodor Storm’s poem, “Die Nachtigall,” set to music in 1907 by composer Alban Berg.  In Berg’s setting, “She was once of wild blood, now she wanders deep in thought” starts an assured, lilting phrase but divesContinue reading “The Journey”

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”


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