Francois-Bernard Mache, a composer and student of Messiaen, provides us with a different way of looking at melody. In his book Music, Myth and Nature; or The Dolphins or Arion, Mache guides us through the form of bird songs as opposed to their pitch construction. Mache was in search of a music that as it stated did not exist yet. He called it Zoomusicology where the ultimate goal was the creation of interspecies music.
|Form in a Blyth's Reed Warbler song|
|Form in a Icterine Warbler song|
|Form in a Reed Bunting song|
|Form in a Dartford Warbler Song|
|Comparison of the form of a Satirical Greek song and that of a Pied Flycatcher|
The pictures here show some of the different forms he found in various birds song. Mache was generous in showing how some of these forms exist in music with for instance an example from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and a satirical Greek Song. The pages here are some selections of the interesting forms various birds use.
There are questions to be answered though. what makes a song to a bird? How many do they have and what remains constant in each version?
|Forms found in Skylark Songs|