Aspects of harmony in Messiaen's later music: An examination of the chords of transposed inversions on the same bass note

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Abstract

Messiaen's approach to harmony in his later music can be studied by examining his use of the chords of transposed inversions on the same bass note, thereby linking the construction of the chords of transposed inversions to Messiaen's concept of natural resonance. Although the chords of transposed inversions can be understood in different ways, their most revealing interpretation is as triadically based harmonies enhanced by resonance elements based on the color associations suggested in Messiaen's synesthesia. How the chords of transposed inversions are used in musical passages is also revealing, especially in relation to the modes of limited transposition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-226
Number of pages40
JournalJournal of Musicological Research
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2004

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