Saturday, July 3

Messiaen on Birds II / Synaesthesia in Art



I'm holding a workshop on Monday for my painters and the theme is " Synaesthesia". That is how we often see colour or line when we hear music and in the case of a few even experience different tastes. How extraordinary. This is Messiaen, who was the most wonderful French composer, and based so much of his works on bird song. Don'tcha just love it!

6 comments:

  1. I loved it..I did not even care if he was a great composer or was poetic and leaning his head listening to the birds, ( that was a close second though ), my favorite thing was he spoke FRENCH ! My very favorite language to listen to. Love , love when someone speaks French ! thanks much, Gina

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  2. Gerry - A character in one of my (as yet unfinished) short stories has synaesthesia. She struggles to let the rest of the world know just exactly what it is and how it makes her feel.

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  3. Fantastic composer. I once saw a short film of him going out with his wife to the woods, transcribing birdsong. (This clip might have been part of it - it was a long time ago).

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  4. I love Messiaen - it's the music of the universe, vast and slightly spooky. If you listen to birds ( seagulls always here) and disengage brain - it becomes Messiaen...

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  5. oh and I meant to say about synaesthesia, I've always thought Baudelaire had it..

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  6. thankyou every one for your kind messages. You are right Liz about Baudelaire, I'm ashamed to say that after all my love of verse and poetry it's only because of genning up on synaesthesia that I discovered the wonderful works of the man. Never too late though.

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