Modes of Limited Transposition

Modes of limited transposition are musical modes or scales that fulfill specific criteria relating to their symmetry and the repetition of their interval groups. They were compiled by the French composer Olivier Messiaen, and published in his book La technique de mon langage musical ("The Technique of my Musical Language").

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Modes Of Limited Transposition - Use and Sound
... Messiaen found ways of employing all of the modes of limited transposition harmonically, melodically, and sometimes polyphonically ... The symmetry inherent in these modes (which means no note can be perceived as the tonic), together with certain rhythmic devices, Messiaen described as containing "the charm ... The composer Tōru Takemitsu made frequent use of Messiaen's modes, particularly the third mode ...

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