Sensory Understanding of the Piano Preludes of Claude Debussy
This thesis will attempt to explain how people relate to the piano preludes of Claude Debussy. It is because we as people have experiences in life that relate to the specific titles of his pieces. When hearing the piece we recall those events and relate them to the piece. This allows us to interpret the music and make meaning of its motives and such. This paper will discuss the composer's life and background history. It will then define areas that are necessary to understand Claude Debussy's classification as a composer and the psychological basis of music. It will then discuss the compositional techniques used in the music and finally the discussion of the relation of people's memories to the actual music. This study will make evident Debussy's goal to have the listener associate the music with extra-musical experiences.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;Debussy, Claude -- 1862-1918 -- Criticism and interpretation
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Rode, James A., "Sensory Understanding of the Piano Preludes of Claude Debussy" (2004). HIM 1990-2015. 419.