Messiaen Birdsong


 Jan Fyt, Concert of Birds, Liechtenstein Museum, 1658

Paul Griffiths comments that Messiaen was a more conscientious ornithologist than any previous composer, and a more musical observer of birdsong than any previous ornithologist. --- Wikipedia

Click to watch Olivier Messiaen (with Yvonne Loriod) comment on birdsong (Part I) (Part II).

Click to watch and hear about Birdsong in Messiaen (particularly with Peter Hill).

Click to read an excerpt from Rebecca Rischin, For the End of Time, about birdsong in general and in particular in Le Quatuor pour la fin du temps (begin on midpage 57).

The third movement of Le Quatuor: L'Abîme des oiseaux, Walter Boeykens, clarinet. [listen]

Click to read more about birdsong in Messiaen from French Music since Berlioz by Richard Langham Smith, beginning page 346.

Click to go to Le Merle Noir, Le Réveil des oiseaux, Oiseaux exotiques, Catalogue d'oiseaux, Chronochromie, Le Vitrail et les oiseaux.