Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun"

ISBN-10: 0393099393

ISBN-13: 9780393099393

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List price: $20.00
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/1970
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

The French composer Claude Debussy is regarded as the chief musical figure in the early twentieth-century impressionist school that was centered in Paris. Debussy showed great musical talent at an early age and began studying music at the Paris Conservatory at the age of 10. By the age of 22, he had won the Grand Prix de Rome. Debussy's use of the whole-tone scale in his compositions, which were common to Russian and Asian music, led to expressive harmonies and the achievement of surprising nuances of mood. He also used numerous harsh-sounding harmonies and other new and original compositional techniques and elements. His music, like impressionist painting and poetry, stirs the imagination by its evocation of dreamlike sights and sounds. Because of his revolutionary changes and inventions, Debussy is considered to be one of the most creative and influential forces in the history of music. A list of composers influenced by his work would include nearly every distinguished composer during the first half of the twentieth century. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (1894), a symphonic poem, is Debussy's famous orchestral work that has been choreographed for ballet and is an example of his use of stunning orchestral coloration. Other outstanding orchestral works are Nocturnes (1899) and La Mer (The Sea) (1905). Among Debussy's impressive piano works are 24 preludes, 12 etudes, and the Suite Bergamasque (1905), which contains the popular "Clair de Lune." Debussy also wrote many individual songs for voice and an opera, Pelleas et Melisande (1892-1902), considered by many to be his masterpiece. Debussy died in Paris of cancer in 1918.

Preface
The History of the Poem and the Music
The Text of Mallarme's Poem
The Score of Debussy's Prelude
Textual Note
Analysis
Toward an Analytical Appreciation
Backgrounds and Sources
[Wagner, Poetry, and Music]
[An American at Mallarme's Salons, 1889-92]
From The Evolution of Literature
From Music and Literature
From Crisis in Poetry
[Impressionism and After]
[Suggestive Art]
[Decadence and Neo-Traditionalism]
[Notes on Debussy's Conversations with Ernest Guiraud]
[Letters to Ernest Chausson]
[The "First Stage" of the Faun]
[The First Performance of the Faun]
[Letter to Debussy]
[The Circle Is Now Complete]
Criticism and Analysis
[Seeking the Exceptional]
[A Style of His Own]
[Letter to Maurice Emmanuel]
[Reviews of Debussy's Music]
[A Jewel Among Masterpieces]
[Modern Music Begins]
[An Experiment Crowned with Success]
Bibliography
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