Saturday, October 10, 2009

Contest Literature - Arabesque

Who is the composer and where is he from? Achille-Claude Debussy (French pronunciation: [aʃil klod dəbysi]) (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of Impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions. Debussy is not only among the most important of all French composers; he was also a central figure in European music at the turn of the twentieth century.

His music is noted for its sensory component and how it is not often formed around one key or pitch. Often Debussy's work reflected the activities or turbulence in his own life. His music virtually defines the transition from late-Romantic music to twentieth century modernist music. In French literary circles, the style of this period was known as Symbolism, a movement that directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant.
What else have they written that we may already know or have heard? She answered the first Arabesque, Golliwog's Cakewalk, and Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fawn.
What is the title? What does it mean? The arabesques are two of Debussy's earliest works, composed between the years 1888 and 1891. Debussy was still in his twenties. Although quite an early work, the arabesques contain hints of Debussy's developing musical style. Debussy seems to wander through modes and keys, and achieves evocative scenes through music.
What time period is it from? We sometimes classify Debussy as late-romantic, Impressionist, or early Modern. He seems to span across time periods.
What about this piece do you like? It feels good under the hand. It's light and fluid.
What sounds challenging pianistically? Keeping those RH motifs clean?

1 comment:

  1. Arabesque saddlespan stage covers from WSSL,creates a striking backdrop
    for any outdoor concerts with its dramatic curves.Fantastic acoustic projection.



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