Essay sample - Debussy& Impressionism,Schoenberg & Expressionism, Stravvinsky-general style use examples including Voiles,Columbine, The Rite o

Pages 3 (753 words)
Download 0
Three Musical Landmarks “Music is the language of the soul.” I hear this very often but I never realize what it really means until I have listened to the compositions required for this paper. I admit I was reluctant at first. Then before I noticed, I had closed my eyes and drifted away into the mesmerizing worlds of the composers…


Violes, one of Claude Debussy’s masterpieces, evokes a myriad of emotions in a true impressionist fashion. On the other hand, Igor Stravinsky’s expressionist influences are manifest in ballet "The Rite of Spring" in the same way that Arnold Schoenberg’s Columbine bears the mark of a steadfast expressionist composer. They may be different in terms of music style, scale patterns, and rhythm but they all share one and the same attribute: they are all landmarks in music history in their own right. No study of the twentieth century music would be complete without a look into their works at the turn of the century. Claude Debussy’s Violes, like most if not all of his works, was created with whole-tone scale. It is a musical scale that is composed of “six different notes with no intervening half-steps” (Listening Outlines). There are still a lot of other technical criticisms of this work. But I would rather try to avoid them in the same way that Debussy tried to avoid any hint of structured rhythm and melodies. I believe that this is the true homage I could make to the great artist: listen to his music as it is, and not treat it like some form of laboratory specimen that needs to be opened and dissected. ...
Download paper
Not exactly what you need?

Related papers

Claude debussy
If we consider Debussy’s music carefully, we can note the transition from the romantic compositions of the late 19th century to the modern music of the 20th century. Debussy was very much influenced by a movement called Symbolism which is shown in the art and culture of his times. The son of a small businessman and a seamstress, musician Claude Debussy was born in France in a locality known as…
3 pages (753 words)
A Biographical Sketch of Arnold Schoenberg
The artist composed music in different styles attracting a mixture of reactions from the audience including students, friends, and other Viennese audiences. Some of his works later contributed to hatred from his musical enemies. The early life and music Arnold Schoenberg was born to a merchant Samuel Schoenberg and Pauline in Vienna, Austria, on September 13, 1874 (ThinkQuest, para.1). Schoenberg…
What is opera? (with reference to Moses and Aron by Schoenberg).
Snowman defines it in passing as “an art form that aspires to combine all the others”1 and goes on to chart the history of opera as a pastime of the elite which started in the Renaissance, reached its peak in the nineteenth century and began to decline in the twentieth century. This paper looks at the nature and purpose of opera in the twentieth century with specific reference to the…
5 pages (1255 words)
Claude Debussy and the Javanese Gamelan
Its instruments are tuned to play together, and as such different gamelan instruments are not interchangeable. It derives its name from the word gamels, which means to hammer or strike. The suffix,”an” makes the word a collective noun. This paper aims to study Debussy and gamelan, and how Debussy incorporated gamelan figurations into his own music. The paper seeks to discuss the capabilities…
4 pages (1004 words)
Music of Schoenberg and Debussy
A trajectory of the development of this composer is very challenging: from his searching in the field of expressionism (1894-1907) to his abandonment and searching for free atonality (1908-1922). The third period was marked by his invention of “twelve-tone” method of composition. It is often claimed that musical pieces of this composer reflect the characteristics of Brahms and Wagner. On the…
historic jazz style represented by this musician
Early jazz was basically defined as being rag time and also as a part of big bands, however the Great depression brought in some new bands and development to the music which was known as the bebop era. It was linked with the modern genres. There are many common characteristics of jazz which has changed and evolved over time and history. The evolution is defined as offbeat rhythm along with…
3 pages (753 words)
In 1941 Schoenberg, in an essay 'Composition with Twelve Tones' (Style and Idea, p. 216), wrote that 'The method of compo
This paper will discuss that how the twelve note composition ended with the formation of emancipation of the dissonance. It was in the early 19th century (between 1911 and 1922) that Schoenberg was searching for something new, something that may replace the traditional and old scheme of composition of music pieces. He believed that the old music was using just one or two tones as the core elements…
8 pages (2008 words)