101 Words – 042

I wasn’t in Oslo for the Matmos/Ashley performance, but looking through the festival booklet a photograph of Messiaen notating birdsong under the foliage of a large tree did catch my eye. A beautiful photograph that conveys something of the act of listening, I made an oil painting of it while taking art classes many years ago. Looking at it again reminded me that Messiaen, in answer to my question of there being an equivalent to sketching in music, took some steps in this direction – even though those notations, incorporated into large works, were never really presented as small standalone pieces.

101 Words – 042: …looking through the festival booklet a photograph of Messiaen notating… rdgr.me/u/1ldp3lo

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Rudiger Meyer is a composer interested in the play between traditional concert music and new media.


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