Author Topic: A visual guide to Messiaen's "Turangalila-Symphonie"  (Read 2126 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline EigenUser

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 3328
  • Mahler's 9th - "Deadlifts in the midst of life"
    • Ligeti's Laboratory
  • Location: Northern VA
  • Currently Listening to:
    Bartok, Ligeti, Ravel, Gershwin, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Feldman, Messiaen, Haydn, Ockeghem, Adès, Mahler, Ohana, Webern, Boulez, Varese, Beethoven, Berg, Scriabin, Tippett, Takemitsu, Vaughan-Williams
A visual guide to Messiaen's "Turangalila-Symphonie"
« on: May 08, 2016, 03:15:50 PM »
So I've been working on graphically representing some parts of the score to Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie in ways readable by both music readers and non-music readers alike. As an example, here is the central section of the 5th movement (click it to make it bigger):


Here is a performance of this part (section starts at 33:08): https://youtu.be/8PjyCpRKDrk?t=33m8s

Would anyone be interested in more of this? I have done this for sections in the 1st, 5th, 7th, and 8th movement (along with more elaborate descriptions of what each block represents).
Beethoven's Op. 133 -- A fugue so bad that even Beethoven himself called it "Grosse".

Offline Ken B

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 3640
  • The Age of the Wanker is upon us
    • kenBlogic
  • Location: Canada
  • Currently Listening to:
    Canoes not battleships.
Re: A visual guide to Messiaen's "Turangalila-Symphonie"
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2016, 05:23:09 AM »
Draw Turangalila? You're going to need longer paper. Much longer.
Give a man a fire and he is warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he is warm for life.

Offline Sergeant Rock

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 21850
  • Location: Wine Country Germany
Re: A visual guide to Messiaen's "Turangalila-Symphonie"
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2016, 05:32:15 AM »
Draw Turangalila? You're going to need longer paper. Much longer.

Sung to the tune of "My Boyfriend's Back": Hey-la-day-la my Ken B's back!

Good to see you again, Ken.

Sarge
the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
                               --Charles Bukowski, "Mahler"

Offline EigenUser

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 3328
  • Mahler's 9th - "Deadlifts in the midst of life"
    • Ligeti's Laboratory
  • Location: Northern VA
  • Currently Listening to:
    Bartok, Ligeti, Ravel, Gershwin, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Feldman, Messiaen, Haydn, Ockeghem, Adès, Mahler, Ohana, Webern, Boulez, Varese, Beethoven, Berg, Scriabin, Tippett, Takemitsu, Vaughan-Williams
Re: A visual guide to Messiaen's "Turangalila-Symphonie"
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2016, 11:21:27 AM »
Draw Turangalila? You're going to need longer paper. Much longer.
Hence the reason I started a little blog  :)

http://ligetislaboratory.blogspot.com/

EDIT: I should make a table of contents here to keep track of what I have so far.

1. Preface
2. Movement I: Introduction
3. Movement V: Joie du Sang des Etoiles
4. Movement VII: Turangalila 2
5. Movement VIII: Developpement de l'Amour

Appendices:
Motivic Index
Compositional Techniques

I'd appreciate any suggestions or comments!
« Last Edit: July 17, 2016, 11:49:53 AM by EigenUser »
Beethoven's Op. 133 -- A fugue so bad that even Beethoven himself called it "Grosse".

Contemporaryclassical

  • Guest
Re: A visual guide to Messiaen's "Turangalila-Symphonie"
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2016, 01:23:39 PM »
That is impressive, wow!
I coincidentally brought a new copy of the Turangalila recently, so damn good!
 :)