Lecture 16 - Lecture 16 MUS 103 April 6 2009 Two divisions...

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Lecture 16 MUS 103 April 6, 2009 Two divisions in symbolism: French variation and russian variation. French variant associated with: Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - revolutionary in music - led to exceedingly stimulating, provocative, scores - influenced by exotic, worldly music - became acquainted with music of the gamelan in Indonesia, which is a percussion-based music, - Joined french literacy society, becomes associated with French poets, helped to develop compositional skills – became important figure in translating literature into music - Decouple language from contrete descriptions - Uses strange sound compositions, tries to disconnect us form everyday modes, think about another form of being - Confronts literacy obsession to create symbolist music: separate from traditional forms, goal-directed chords, program music - Titled music at end of pieces, separate how music affected him from efforts on others - Most important was resonance – composition should resonate between
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