This page is now an unlinked appendix to the old version of the music of the birds page.

Music of the Birds

As the sun gives the day's first light, so is music the mind's first light.
Mathematics follows music and science seems more art than science.

My Hand Drawn Charts

To create backup copies, I have photographed my hand drawn tables. These pictures can be seen via the links on the page which is linked at the end of this paragraph. The titles in the "Catalogue d'Oiseaux" are arranged to show clearly the symmetry of Messiaen's books. As I created this presentation of the titles, I realized the extent to which the symmetry is obscured by all the numbering on the CD case: The disks and tracks have their numbers and the pieces are numbered, and the divisions betweent the disks are determined by space available on the disks, and then there is even the numbering of the books. In showing the titles without even the numbering of the books, I recall my "Spoken Reals" exercise of temporarily forgetting about numbers so that we may create them anew. Much more importantly, I am reminded that Anatol Ugorski plays the cataloge from memory. That makes me imagine people young and old learning to play the catalogue directly from Ugorski's playing - before they learn to read music. I imagine that this could happen if Ugorski's skills were both widely accessible and widely sought after. I am sure similar things can happen in mathematics. I imagine children doing advanced calculus before learning to read! Please click here to see the list of titles and my hand drawn charts from Johnson's book.

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Reference:

Messiaen by Robert Sherlaw Johnson (hereafter RSJ-M), J M Dent & Sons Ltd, London, 1975.

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