[...] the left hand of both Messiaen's Schwerpunkt chords (indicated with arrows in ex.i) replicates both of Wagner's corresponding chords (ex.4). [...] we may note the long dominant pedal on FO that leads into both passages, though Messiaen reserves the 'Liebestod' key signature of B major for the chorale itself. [...] the 'Liebestod' paraphrase in 'Les enfants' has tilted my understanding of La Nativit in the direction of our human involvement in the drama.
Messiaen's 'Liebestod' and the uses of paraphrase Kevin O'Connell Musical Times; Summer 2009; 150, 1907; Docstoc pg.
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