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* Olivier Messiaen's modes of limited transposition

After starting a discussion on cadences in modal music on, the subject at some point turned into a discussion of elements of the musical language of Olivier Messiaen (notably his "modes of limited transposition").

After listening to and reading a bit about Messiaen's musical language I was intrigued enough to try and find out why and how his modes work so well with us, the listeners. I wanted to see if there are some things about his modes that are not present in…


Added by Stefaan Himpe on March 8, 2014 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

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