Debussy in Proportion by Roy Howat
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Debussy in Proportion
By Roy Howat

Debussy in Proportion

A Musical Analysis

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Debussy in Proportion by Roy Howat

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This is the first paperback edition of Roy Howat's stimulating and provocative study of Debussy's unorthodox use of musical form. Throught detailed analyses of the piano pieces Reflets dans l'eau and L'isle joyeuse and the symphonic poem La mer, Dr Howat shows how the pieces are built precisely and intricately around the two ratios of Golden Section and bisection so that the music is organised in various geometrical patterns which contribute substantially to its expansive and dramatic impact. The final chapter traces evidence of whether the proportional systems were designed consciously, and if so, where and why Debussy might have learnt such techniques. The evidence includes his involvement in the Symbolist movement and in esotericism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521311458
ISBN-10: 0521311454
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 15mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-1986
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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