Debussy and Ravel: The Edge Effect - Spring 2019
(Debussy and Ravel: The Edge Effect - Spring 2019)

These two pioneers of early twentieth-century music were inspired by many musical and extra-musical influences from around the world, yet fused them all into creating new works that were distinctly French. In this course we will explore the cultural melting-pot in the music of Debussy and Ravel, with examples from orchestral, chamber, vocal, operatic, and solo instrumental genres. Participants will learn to identify cultural influences in individual works, analyze how these translate into musical components of harmony, melody, and form, and put all of them in the larger context of a unified composition. In the second half of the course, participants will apply this knowledge to performance aspects in works of their choice from the two composers.