Transforming Messiaen : The Application of Elements of the Musical Language of Olivier Messiaen to the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Music Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education & Arts

First Advisor

Stewart Smith


The music of Olivier Messiaen is a unique and interesting contribution to the canon of 20th Century art music, but one that has received little attention from the jazz world. Through a detailed study of his music, this dissertation aims to gain a deeper understanding of Messiaen's musical language and investigate the possibilities of applying that language within the jazz idiom. In addition to a discussion of Messiaen and his music, a detailed analysis of the author's own composition for pipe organ and jazz orchestra, Auguries of Innocence, will explore the results of this application. The complete scores and an audio recording of the work are included, as is a supplementary study of the pipe organ.

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