The Music of Nature

All music comes from nature. We are part of nature, so what we do creatively is part of this reality. We express our soul and interact with the world, using materials we find in the world to work with and bringing certain elements together to make music.

We use music to involve the imagination and the spirit as well as the means to communicate certain messages. It is a tool that can be employed in an infinite variety of ways.

Sound as communication happens in the animal world all the time. Among other uses, male birds use is to communicate to females. Here is a video discussing the sounds of birds of paradise.

The French composer Oliver Messiaen (1908 – 1992) specifically used motifs from nature to compose his music. Among many other sources of inspiration, he is well-known for incorporating bird calls into his music.

People use music to communicate deep emotions or to commemorate or celebrate important events in their lives and in the life of their community. We use it to communicate observations, to interact with our environment, and even to experience our identity. It is very natural for composers to write about love, one of the most beautiful expressions of the soul.

Love Duet by Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924), Italian

Madama Butterfly (1995) Directed by Frédéric Mitterrand. Ying Huang – Cio-Cio-San (Mme Butterfly) Richard Troxell .. B. F. PINKERTON, (Lieutenant, U.S.N) Directed by Frédéric Mitterrand 1995.


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