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

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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. ...
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