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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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- Date Published: April 1986
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521311458
- length: 256 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.38kg
- contains: 77 b/w illus. 31 music examples
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
Table of Contents
Part I. Exposition:
1. Proportional structure and the Golden Section
2. Analytical aims and methods
3. 'Reflets dans l'eau'
Part II. Earlier Developments:
4. Early works - up to 1892
5. L'isle joyeuse
Part III. La Mer:
7. 'De l'aube à midi sur la mer'
8. 'Dialogue du vent et de la mer'
9. 'Jeux de vagues'
Part IV. Other Evidence:
10. Brief studies of other works
11. External evidence
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