Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:Flute as bird: Birdsong and metaphor in the selected works of Charles Rochester Young, Olivier Messiaen and Stefans Grové
Author(s):Moles, Elisa
Advisor(s):Assistant Professor Michael Silvers
Contributor(s):Professor Jonathan Keeble; Professor Stephen Taylor; Professor Ann Yeung
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:This paper discusses the archetype of “flute as bird” in Western music through the study of three twentieth-century works: Charles Rochester Young’s The Song of the Lark for flute and harp, Olivier Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir for flute and piano, and Stefans Grové’s The Soul Bird trio for flute, cello, and piano. Brief histories of the use of birdsong in Western music and the use of the flute to represent the bird in Western music are given to provide context and framework. Each piece is then discussed separately in terms of biography and compositional style of the composer, symbolism of the bird represented in the piece (the lark, blackbird, or the soul bird, respectively), and musical analysis. This study draws from a variety of sources, including other art forms, such as painting and literature. For each composition, the musical techniques the composers employ to portray the flute as a bird are analyzed, discussed, and compared. Ultimately, they show how each composer personally uses the bird as a metaphor for varying aspects of spirituality.
Issue Date:2017
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Moles, Elisa. Flute as bird: Birdsong and metaphor in the selected works of Charles Rochester Young, Olivier Messiaen and Stefans Grové. Doctoral project thesis submitted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2017.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-04-10

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