Debussy in Proportion: A Musical Analysis by Roy Howat

By Roy Howat

This can be the 1st paperback variation of Roy Howat's stimulating and provocative research of Debussy's unorthodox use of musical shape. Throught specified analyses of the piano items Reflets dans l'eau and L'isle joyeuse and the symphonic poem los angeles mer, Dr Howat exhibits how the items are equipped accurately and intricately round the ratios of Golden part and bisection in order that the song is organised in a number of geometrical styles which give a contribution considerably to its expansive and dramatic influence. the ultimate bankruptcy strains facts of no matter if the proportional structures have been designed consciously, and if this is the case, the place and why Debussy may need learnt such suggestions. The proof contains his involvement within the Symbolist circulate and in esotericism.

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His ways are very mysterious. We must submit to all and everything to Him, for God is very strong. Erster Jude: Du sagst die Wahrheit. Fürwahr, Gott ist furchtbar. Aber was diesen Menschen angeht, der hat Gott nie gesehn. Seit dem Propheten Elias hat niemand Gott gesehn. First Jew: That’s true. God is awe-inspiring. But this man has never seen God. No man has seen God since the Prophet Elijah. Herodias: Heiss’ sie schweigen, sie langweilen mich. Herodias: (to Herod) Make them be quiet. They weary me.

When he comes, the ears of the deaf shall be opened. Zweiter Soldate: Heiss’ ihn schweigen! Second Soldier: Make him be quiet! Erster Soldate: Er ist ein heil’ger Mann. First Soldier: He is a holy man. Zweiter Soldat: Er sagt immer lächerliche Dinge. Second Soldier: He’s always saying ridiculous things. Erster Soldat: Er ist sehr sanft. Jeden Tag, den ich ihm zu essen gebe, dankt er mir. First Soldier: He is very gentle. Every day when I bring him food, he thanks me. Ein Cappadocier: Wer ist es?

Herod: (to Herodias) You see, how you reared this daughter of yours! Herodias: Meine Tochter und ich stammen aus königlichem Blut. Dein Vater war Kameeltreiber, dein Vater war ein Dieb. und ein Räuber oben drein. Herodias: My daughter and I are of royal blood. Your father was a camel driver, and your father was a thief and robber. Herodes: Salome, komm, setz dich zu mir. Du sollst auf dem Thron deiner Mutter sitzen. Herod: Salome, come and sit next to me. I will give you your mother’s throne to sit upon.

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