Year 2020, Volume 6 , Issue 11, Pages 168 - 185 2020-01-27


Çağdaş SOYLAR [1]

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate Olivier Messiaen’s musical language as applied to his piano music. It also provides a picture of how he combined his unique compositional technique with his strong Catholic faith and presented them in his composition. The research materials have been gathered from published secondary sources and from direct performance of the music. General biographical articles about Messiaen’s life have been researched to emphasize significant events of his life that are directly reflected in his music. Also, the background of Vingt Regards Sur l’Enfant- Jésus (Twenty Gazes upon the Infant Jesus) has been studied to find out how the analyzed work is related to the entire cycle. A formal breakdown of the piece (modes of the limited transposition, themes of the Vingt Regards, rhythmic and harmonic structures etc.) has been made to understand how the musical language and rhythmic structure interact to generate tonal progression and formal structure, how the piece relate to the title, and how the  piece relate to the religious and mystical views of the entire cycle and his general musical output.

Vingt Regards, modes of limited transposition
  • Bullinger, E. W. (1988). Number in Scripture: Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance. Grand Rapids, Mich: Kregel.
  • Burger, C. P. (2009). Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jesus: Analytical, Religious and Literary Considerations. (DMA Disssertation). University of Texas at Austin.
  • Classical Archives. (n.d). Olivier Messiaen-20 Regards sur l’enfant Jésus. Retrived May 15, 2014, from
  • Dingle, C. P. (2007). The Life of Messiaen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Fear No Music, & Voglar, I. (2008). Olivier Messiaen Comments on the Vingt Regards. (Accessed April 14, 2016). Messiaen, O., & Satterfield, J. (2007). The Technique of My Musical Language: Text with Musical Examples. Paris: Alphonse Leduc.
  • Soylar, C. (2018). Messiaen’s Musical Musical Language on the Holy Child. Wipf and Stock Publishers.
Primary Language tr
Subjects Social
Journal Section Articles

Orcid: 0000-0001-5227-8635
Author: Çağdaş SOYLAR (Primary Author)
Country: Turkey

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Publication Date : January 27, 2020

APA Soylar, Ç . (2020). THE ANALYSIS OF REGARD DES ANGES COMPOSED BY OLIVIER MESSIAEN . Afyon Kocatepe Üniversitesi Akademik Müzik Araştırmaları Dergisi , 6 (11) , 168-185 . Retrieved from