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Debussy in Proportion A Musical Analysis

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ISBN-10: 0521311454

ISBN-13: 9780521311458

Edition: 1986

Authors: Roy Howat

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This is the first paperback edition of Roy Howat's stimulating and provocative study of Debussy's unorthodox use of musical form. Throught detailed analyses of the piano pieces Reflets dans l'eau and L'isle joyeuse and the symphonic poem La mer, Dr Howat shows how the pieces are built precisely and intricately around the two ratios of Golden Section and bisection so that the music is organised in various geometrical patterns which contribute substantially to its expansive and dramatic impact. The final chapter traces evidence of whether the proportional systems were designed consciously, and if so, where and why Debussy might have learnt such techniques. The evidence includes his…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/6/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Louise Elizabeth Gluck, 1943 - Louise Gluck was born April 22, 1943 in New York City, New York. She grew up on Long Island and attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, both in New York State. She is best known for her award winning collection entitled "The Wild Iris". After graduation, Gluck began teaching poetry, accepting positions at various colleges and universities. In 1968, her first collection entitled "Firstborn" was published. Seven years later she published "The House on the Marshland", and in 1985, "The Triumph of Achilles" won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. In 1993, she was an editor of The Best American Poetry anthology. Her last appointment…    

Preface
Exposition
Proportional structure and the Golden Section
Analytical aims and methods
'Reflets dans l'eau'
Earlier Developments
Early works - up to 1892
L'isle joyeuse
La Mer
Introduction
'De l'aube a midi sur la mer'
'Dialogue du vent et de la mer'
'Jeux de vagues'
Other Evidence
Brief studies of other works
External evidence
Appendices
Bibliography
Index