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Musical Form and Transformation: Four Analytic Essays

David Lewin

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195317121
eISBN:
9780199865451
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317121.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

In this work, the author applies the conceptual framework developed in Generalized Musical Intervals and Transformations to the varied repertoire of the 20th century. Analyzing the diverse ... More


Édouard Lalo: Wagnerian malgré lui

Steven Huebner

in French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189544
eISBN:
9780199868476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.003.0015
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In a brief note thanking the critic Pierre Lalo for a favourable review of La Damoiselle élue in 1900, Debussy laid a wreath on the ballet score Namouna composed by his father Edouard, not given ... More


Modernism

Peter van der Merwe

in Roots of the Classical: The Popular Origins of Western Music

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780198166474
eISBN:
9780191713880
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198166474.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents a brief survey of early Modernism and its ambivalent relation to the musical vernacular and popular art generally. The cultures and representative composers singled out are ... More


Epilogue by Way of Pelléas et Mélisande

Steven Huebner

in French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189544
eISBN:
9780199868476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.003.0029
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This concluding chapter begins with a discussion of Stéphane Mallarmé's essay/prose poem, ‘Richard Wagner: RÊverie d'un poète français’. Mallarmé's essay resonates with his own thinking as well as ... More


Free Speech, Free Verse, and “Music before All Things”

Katherine Bergeron

in Voice Lessons: French Mélodie in the Belle Epoque

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195337051
eISBN:
9780199864201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337051.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter takes up French poets in the years around 1900, to reconsider their relationship to music and musicians. Through close readings of works by Verlaine, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, and testimonies ... More


Farewell to an Idea

Katherine Bergeron

in Voice Lessons: French Mélodie in the Belle Epoque

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195337051
eISBN:
9780199864201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337051.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The Fêtes galantes of Debussy, the Histoires naturelles of Ravel, and the Mirages of Fauré tell a different story in the decades following 1900, offering a glimpse of that future moment when the art ... More


Over Here, Over There: Transatlantic Conversations on the Music of World War I

William Brooks, Christina Bashford, and Gayle Magee (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042706
eISBN:
9780252051562
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042706.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Music in World War I played an important role in cementing the transatlantic alliance among Anglophone and Francophone allies. Chapters 1–5 consider responses to the war by five individuals from ... More


Tombeau de Claude Debussy: The Early Reception of the Late Works

Marianne Wheeldon

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In 1920 Henry Prunières dedicated an issue of La Revue Musicale to the achievements of Debussy. This publication is significant because it documents the beginnings of the composer's posthumous ... More


An Artist High and Low, or, Debussy and Money

Denis Herlin and Vincent Giroud

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In June 1898 Debussy wrote to his editor Georges Hartmann, “Without wanting to create a parallel between Balzac and myself, having nothing of the scope of this literary cathedral, I have at least in ... More


Ida the Sapphic Fetish

Tamara Levitz

in Modernist Mysteries: Perséphone

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199730162
eISBN:
9780199932467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730162.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter explores Ida Rubinstein’s expression of Sapphic desire in her performance of the narcissus plucking in Perséphone. The chapter begins by describing the culture of Sapphic modernism in ... More


A Transformational Basis for Form and Prolongation in Debussy’s “Feux d’artifice”

David Lewin

in Musical Form and Transformation: Four Analytic Essays

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195317121
eISBN:
9780199865451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317121.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter considers aspects of large-scale form as they interrelate with transformational structuring. Among such formal matters are the “polytonal” ending, the double reprise of the theme, and ... More


Rethinking Debussy

Elliott Antokoletz and Marianne Wheeldon (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book brings together leading international scholars to offer new perspectives on the composer and his career and creativity. Ranging from his earliest musical influences to his posthumous ... More


Reflecting the Public Appetite in Text and Music: Debussy’s Act of Wartime Propaganda

Barbara L. Kelly

in Over Here, Over There: Transatlantic Conversations on the Music of World War I

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042706
eISBN:
9780252051562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042706.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Claude Debussy’s final works were written under the twin shadows of terminal illness and World War I. In response to the latter, he emphasized his stature as a “musicien français” and used quotation ... More


Debussy's Rites of Spring

Marie Rolf

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

As a student competing for the Prix de Rome and as an eventual winner of that coveted prize, Debussy was preoccupied with the subject of spring. For the Prix de Rome competitions in 1882 and 1884 he ... More


Russian Imprints in Debussy's Piano Music

Roy Howat

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

André Schaeffner's pioneering article of 1953 about Russian influence on Debussy (“Debussy et ses rapports avec la musique russe”) remains untranslated and little digested in English-speaking ... More


Mélisande's Charm and the Truth of Her Music

Jann Pasler

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande is often considered radically new. But whereas scholars have shown how this work should be understood in relation to Wagner or Symbolist theater, this chapter situates ... More


“Aimer ainsi”: Rekindling the Lamp in Pelléas

Richard Langham Smith

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Recent productions of Pelléas et Mélisande have often used current strategies in interventionist “subsequent” or “afterlife” interpretations, terms emanating from Jonathan Miller's book Subsequent ... More


Debussy's Ideal Pelléas and the Limits of Authorial Intent

David Grayson

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The role of Pelléas in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande is problematic, both vocally and dramatically. André Messager, the conductor at the première, described the challenge of its tessitura: “The part ... More


Music as Encoder of the Unconscious in Pelléas et Mélisande

Elliott Antokoletz

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter shows how Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande transforms the harmonic structures of the traditional major/minor scale system into a new musical language, and how this language reflects the ... More


“Destiny Should Allow Me to Finish It”: The Problems Involved in the Reconstruction and Orchestration of The Fall of the House of Usher (1908–1917)

Robert Orledge

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Although destiny was a concept more usually associated with Maeterlinck and Pelléas et Mélisande, it was still very much in Debussy's mind as he struggled to finish La chute de la Maison Usher in ... More


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