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HUM-103 OL009 Written Assignment 12 Twentieth Century Music In the twentieth century many changes arose in society, including the changes to music. In the twentieth century Claude Debussy composed Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, his influences included the French language, with its blurred edges and infinity of nuance, Romanticism because Debussy grew up during the 19th century and the overwhelming bulk of his music is programmatic, romantic literature extolling expression and descriptive images, in particular, the symbolist poets, Mallarme, Verlaine, and Rimbaud, and the French impressionist painting. Debussy did not use the orchestra traditionally, rather he approaches the orchestra as a huge chamber group. Claude Debussy was a model for next generation, he elevated timbre to a level equal to that of rhythm, pitch, and harmony. Debussy music asserts a tonal center, either by sustaining a single pitch in the bass for so long that we come to accept it as a tonal center, or by repeating a
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  • Winter '12
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  • Music, Dissonance, Arnold Schoenberg, Claude Debussy, Tonality, Early 20th-Century Modernism

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