Lecture 16 - Debussy

Lecture 16 - Debussy - -need to isolate a moment and listen...

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- Claude Debussy (1862-1918) – French, father wanted him to be a sailor -born during Civil War, dies during final months of WWI during bombardment of Paris -diatonic Wagner vs. alternative pitch scales Debussy -at Paris conservatory, Franco-Prussian War, resurgence of French nationalism -impressionism, typical lag of music behind arts and literature -Wagnerian, even sometimes in character -shading: no real clear cut division between themes and melodies -colors: Monet/bright colors à sensual orchestral palate, prefers woodwinds (French horn) -depth: Monet/single plane, lack of depth à conflate melody and harmony -“Nuages”/”Clouds” (1899) – ternary form: A B A
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Unformatted text preview: -need to isolate a moment and listen in the moment, progression/not succession of sounds-short musical motif of 8 notes that works way up and then falls back down, octatonic scale-like ephemeral clouds, chords drift aimlessly over listener-Octatonic Scale C # DEFGA b B b B-Whole Tone Scale C # D # FGAB-Pentatonic Scale C # D # F # G # A #-Stephane Mallarmé – famous symbolist poet; collaboration of stage reading-“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fawn” (1894) – ternary form, A B A coda-one of must luscious, provocative works, suggestive use of flute; favor color/timbre over form-symbols of life, dream, roses...
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course MUS 103 taught by Professor Simona.morrison during the Spring '08 term at Princeton.

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