Music Lit 3.5.08

Music Lit 3.5.08 - Music Lit Lecture Paris Had always...

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Music Lit Lecture 3/5/08 Paris: Had always attracted artists (Chopin) Public entertainment: theater, ballet, cabaret (late 19 th Century) After 1870 (Franco-Prussian War), strong ties to Russia Oppose to Germany, but fascinated by Wagner Franck: orchestral and chamber music Saint-Saens: organ symph. Faure (piano music and songs= “melodie” Wagnerian Music Drama No bel canto melodies designed to show off singers’ talents Instead, mostly speech-like rhythms Startling harmonic innovations, esp. for representations of desire o Ex. The “Tristan” chord Claude Debussy, Pelleas et Melisande Debussy’s only opera, 1902 Shows admiration of and reaction against Wagner’s Tristan Libretto—symbolist poetry, very ambiguous A few leitmotivs, but sparse orchestration Speech-like rhythms, but text and voices are audible Harmonies used for color, not tension Claude Debussy (1862-1918) With Ravel, the most famous French composer of the early 20
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