A descriptive analysis of the preludes book 1 of claude. This new concept is seen in relation to debussys preludes in pook i and an analysis of the main tonics in each of these works is essential to the understanding of this concept. As he plays debussys book 1 preludes, you notice how effortlessly his arms, hands, and fingers are choreographed to the music. The research presented in this thesis aims to answer the following questions.
Analysis the piece starts with an introduction from measures 1 7. Publication date 1910 topics preludes, for piano, scores featuring the piano, for 1 player collection imslp. A descriptive analysis of the preludes book 1 of claude debussy. Steven osborne has already made a name for himself in french music with a disc of alkan and a profoundly moving performance of messiaens vingt regards. Claude debussys preludes are 24 pieces for solo piano, divided into two books of 12 preludes each. These compositions, while endearing themselves to both pianist and listener, also occupy an important place in musical. Both books 1 and 2 of debussy s popular piano preludes are contained in this one sturdy volume. Synonyms for prelude at with free online thesaurus, antonyms, and definitions. Achilleclaude debussy 22nd august 1862 25th march 1918 was a french composer.
Adopting the major piano works including the preludes, bartok absorbed the liberated message as deeply as he absorbed the idiom of the hungarian peasant. The playing is immaculate, the command of keyboard colour and texture imperious. A thesis submitted to the university of new south wales in partial. Among all our musical masters, i should say, claude debussy was the least. Dressed in a chic tan turtleneck, untucked, but with a belt clasped around it, arturo benedetti michelangeli sits at the piano in an intimate studio in october, 1978. Each book was written in a matter of months, at an. Here in his first debussy recording for hyperion he presents the two books of images. This is not an example of the work produced by our essay writing service. The purpose of this thesis is to discuss and give a descriptive analysis of twelve of the twentyfour preludes written by claude debussy. The piano, built in a beautifully ornamented harpsichord case. Aug 19, 2016 the composer who benefited most from this liberation was bartok, who was introduced to debussys music by kodaly in 1907.
They are divided into two separate livres, or books, of twelve preludes each. Preludes questions and answers discover the community of teachers, mentors and students just like you that can answer any question you might have on preludes. Musical analysis as a technique for performance decisions in. In bar 52 an octave tremelo on p sharp answers the octave tremelo in bar. The computational analysis of harmony in western art. It is a typical example of his impressionist composition style, impressionism in this case meaning a type of program music which aimed to evoke moods and impressions through tone colour and harmony. I refer to the domesday book, or survey of the country which william caused to be made.
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. Henle verlags editions are nearly always one of the best editions. What are the best editions of the debussy preludes. Complete preludes, books 1 and 2 dover music for piano. Debussy encompassed most fully the french, with its dramatic contrasts of reason and sensuality, of irony and tenderness, stiffness and grace. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
At least, they would go with caution down his trail after that first check. One solution was to select isolated samples of sound so that a single musical. Claude debussy s preludes are two sets of pieces for solo piano. Soyoung choe performs excerpts from debussys preludes, book 1. Three years exist between the publication of the first and second book, with the former appearing in 1910. Several of them look ahead to debussy s later style, in which the composers earlier impressionistic, almost romantic poetry was supplanted by a greater concentration upon technique and neoclassical objectivity.
Despite the research i have done regarding the title, the results i have found are still only speculation. Several of them look ahead to debussys later style, in which the composers earlier impressionistic, almost romantic poetry was supplanted by a greater concentration upon technique and neoclassical objectivity. Definitions of claude debussy, synonyms, antonyms, derivatives of claude debussy, analogical dictionary of claude debussy english. Chandos records is one of the worlds premier classical music record companies, best known for its ground breaking search for neglected musical gems. Jun 18, 2010 in this piece, debussy creates an engaging sonic atmosphere with just the piano, one that, if you let it, will conjure up images and ideas. Preludes synonyms, preludes antonyms merriamwebster. Along with maurice ravel, he is considered 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. You can view samples of our professional work here any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of uk essays. A descriptive analysis of the preludes book i of claude debussy thesis presented. Pascal roge recorded debussys preludes book 1 for decca some time ago, and he has remade them, together with book 2, marking the start of a complete cycle of this composers piano works. Claude debussy s painterly preludes the subtle, elusive quality of debussy s twentyfour preludes is captured perfectly by pianist paul jacobs, who plays them with a tolling, belllike sound. In this piece, debussy creates an engaging sonic atmosphere with just the piano, one that, if you let it, will conjure up images and ideas.
The paperback of the complete preludes, books 1 and 2. Van slooten mentions that for beckett music was always synonymous. Unlike some notable collections of preludes from prior times, such as chopins op. Claude debussy h18621918 by the time he began writing the first book of preludes, claude debussy had established himself as an important and prolific composer having already produced most of the works that history would label masterpieces. This paper also includes a brief history of preludes as well as possible influences upon debussy and his compositions. The works in debussys second book of preludes are similar in intent to those of book i 1907 1910. Debussy s most dramatic contribution to music history was his disregard for traditional chord structures and tonality. The second book of preludes for piano represents debussy s strong interest in the indefinite and esoteric.
From france, the home of liberty, too, came the firm freedom of debussys style and structure. Synonyms for analysis at with free online thesaurus, antonyms, and definitions. Unlike previous collections of preludes, such as those of j. In many ways this question will not be answered for you entirely until the end of this thesis. Debussy preludes, book 1 by claude debussy 18621918. Apr 03, 2014 unlike previous collections of preludes, such as those of j. My analysis of canope debussy preludes for piano, book. Debussy dover music for piano by claude debussy isbn. A descriptive analysis of the preludes book 1 of claude debussy, thesis, january. Both books 1 and 2 of debussys popular piano preludes are contained in this one sturdy volume. The edition i use for debussy preludes the book my teacher made me buy is the g. Order from your preferred classical music cd store arkivmusic. He was one of the most important figures in music at the turn of the 20th century.
These compositions, while endearing themselves to both. A descriptive analysis of the preludes book 1 of claude debussy showing 1 4 of 68. It is quite hard for me to describe just how beautiful this music is, i think i lack the english vocabulary to do so, or perhaps it is an example of music being music. Nontraditional scales extended harmony traditional chords used in nontraditional context harmonic color tonal ambiguity. These works have been central to stevens repertoire for many years and he brings them to the studio after. I never had occasion to check or to use an angry word to one of my party. My analysis of canope debussy preludes for piano, book ii. Not only is the title full of mystery, but the piece. Unhappily, the technology emi possessed at the time these renditions of the preludes were captured, in 1953 and 1954, does only marginal justice to him. Get to know all of the debussy preludes with christina mcmaster this month. Debussy s music virtually defines the transition from lateromantic music to twentieth century modernist music. He is sometimes seen as the first impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term.
Maybe i am a lazy pianist but i like editions that have some fingering suggestions so i dont have so much work to do. Bach and chopin, debussy s do not follow a strict pattern of key signatures each book was written in a matter of months, at an unusually fast pace for debussy. Ilya itin, piano this video was recorded at the golandsky institute international piano festival at princeton university. As he plays debussy s book 1 preludes, you notice how effortlessly his arms, hands, and fingers are choreographed to the music.
Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. After sonatas by beethoven and chopin, a disc of schumann and magisterial accounts of the two brahms piano concertos comes this recital of debussy centred on the first book of preludes. Debussy s colouristic masterpiece, a bewitching compendium of scents, colours and sounds. Gieseking was an extraordinary stylist and perhaps the centurys greatest sonorist. These beautiful french works are a must for all pianists. Soyoung choe performs excerpts from debussy s preludes, book 1. A descriptive analysis of the preludes book 1 of claude debussy page.
Recorded live during the marion rubin berman 31 piano honors concert april 12, 2012 in necs jordan hall in boston. A stylistic analysis of the piano works of debussy and ravel thesis presented to the graduate council of the north texas state teachers college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of master of music by elizabeth rose jameson, b. Synonyms for answer at with free online thesaurus, antonyms, and definitions. Achilleclaude debussy august 22, 1862 march 25, 1918 was a french composer. As for his piano compositions, after he completed the second book of preludes the only. Not only is the title full of mystery, but the piece itself leaves the listener in awe and wonder. Schirmer library of classics volume 2001 piano solo paperback. Synonyms for conclusion at with free online thesaurus, antonyms, and definitions. His interpretations of debussy were justly celebrated. When acclaimed pianist hiroko sasaki was looking for aninstrument to record the debussy preludes on, she happened to spot a strange looking instrument, which turned out to be a pleyel concert grand built in 1873, and she instantly fell in love with it. Synonyms for source at with free online thesaurus, antonyms, and definitions. I have one other schirmer debussy piano book and this compilation book was what led me to purchase this set of preludes.
Complete preludes, books 1 and 2 dover music for piano debussy, claude on. Bach and chopin, debussy s do not follow a strict pattern of key signatures. Publication date 1910 topics preludes, for piano, scores featuring the piano, for 1 player collection. Jan 22, 2009 after sonatas by beethoven and chopin, a disc of schumann and magisterial accounts of the two brahms piano concertos comes this recital of debussy centred on the first book of preludes. Synonyms for summary at with free online thesaurus, antonyms, and definitions.504 1214 192 469 719 204 1584 782 740 928 140 1433 1374 224 335 779 341 697 893 479 161 256 572 1325 1138 882 1130 127 1079 1240 408 1512 551 338 1598 1103 1350 3 893 189 267 1340 64 708 818 709 67 776 1082 552 1475