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25 debussy


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25 debussy

  1. 1. Claude Debussy (1862-1918) musical modernism • move away from conventional practices of representation in the arts challenges to • scales • melody • harmony • rhythm • tone color • time • tonality • and more
  2. 2. Claude Debussy (1862-1918) musical modernism Paris (1889 International Exposition)
  3. 3. Claude Debussy (1862-1918) musical modernism Paris gamelan
  4. 5. Claude Debussy “ Pagodas”, from Prints (1899) influenced by hearing gamelan music multiple melodies moving at separate tempos (at start) percussive, resonant timbre exoticism: attempt to evoke “the East” (title, scales, music) impressionistic effects
  5. 6. Claude Debussy (1862-1918) “ Clouds”, from Three Nocturnes (1899) Impressionism - blurred impression of outer reality
  6. 7. Claude Monet (French impressionist painter)
  7. 8. James Whistler
  8. 9. Debussy, “Clouds”, from Three Nocturnes (1899) oscillating, repeated, cyclical chords motivic, not goal-oriented unconventional development, unconventional form alternative scales • pentatonic scale • octatonic scale
  9. 10. Debussy, “Clouds”, from Three Nocturnes (1899) Some Musical Effects: Not about progress, development, goals • Listen to individual moments Different sense of Time (floating, suspended) Not as clear a sense of form or individual measures