Debussy's "Prelude de L'apres Midi d'un Faune" Analytical Essay by Nicky

Debussy's "Prelude de L'apres Midi d'un Faune"
Looks at Claude Debussy's lyric drama, "Prelude de L'apres Midi d'un Faune" as a symphonic poem that captures the spirit of Debussy's innovative style.
# 120367 | 2,210 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 10, 2010 in Music Studies (Classical and Baroque) , Music Studies (Composers)


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This paper explains that, although this music appears to be without form, "Prelude de L'apres Midi d'un Faune" ("Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun") represents Debussy's unique orchestral method that includes clouds, festivals and sirens. The paper describes the ways that the elements of repetition, new harmonic devices and weightlessness make this music stand out as both a signature and innovative piece. The paper also examines "Prelude de L'apres Midi d'un Faune" to understand the degree of innovation of Debussy's harmonic vocabulary, structure and orchestration.

From the Paper:

"Repetition is one technique that make "Prelude de L'apres Midi d'un Faune" so successful. Woodwinds with a delicate foundation of muted horns introduce the primary themes in the piece. The main theme is slow and moves sinuously between 6/8 and 12/8 meters. Debussy also employs recurring themes, such as whole-tone scale runs, modulations between central keys, and tritones. It should be noted that voicings are an important aspect of this piece as well. He explores them in this piece with intensity, always allowing the main theme to move fluidly from instrument to instrument."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lesure, Francois. "Claude Debussy ." Oxford Music Online. Information Retreived October 12, 2008. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com>
  • "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun." The Kennedy Center Online. Information Retreived October 12, 2008. http://www.kennedy-center.org/>
  • Trezise, Simon. The Cambridge Companion to Debussy. Cambridge University Press. 2003.

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