Friday, December 10, 2010

Liszt's Sposalizio vs Debussy's Arabesque No.1 (Paper, 2007)

Imagination, Stasis and Motion
In the Piano Music of Liszt and Debussy
A Discussion of Sposalizio and Arabesque No.1

Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième année: Italie, No. 1
(“Years of Pilgrimage, Year Two: Italy, No. 1)
Deux Arabesques, No. 1 (1888)

Author: Payman Akhlaghi
Subject: Music Analysis, Comparative Musicology
Submitted: 2007, UCLA, As a Graduate Studies Academic Paper
English, 33 Pages
Published on Scribd: Free to Read.

Excerpt from the introduction:

"Perhaps no two musical oeuvres would leave more distant impressions on the ‎listener than those of Franz Liszt (1811-1886) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918). After ‎all, Liszt is better known for his dazzling bravura than the quiet harmonies of his late ‎period, while the subtlety of taste in almost everything Debussy wrote has made his music ‎stand for all things French.‎

And yet, as implausible it might sound, the two shared enough to make a ‎comparative study of their works meaningful. First, both Liszt and Debussy loved the ‎piano and wrote for it affectionately, enhancing the technical, timbral and expressive ‎potentials of the instrument to its limits. At the same time, unlike their common idol, ‎Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), this affection did not come at the expense of all other that ‎were not piano, as their output embraced orchestral music too with equal dedication.‎

Second, both composers had a strong predilection toward poetry proper, French in ‎particular, as well as the evocative force of poetic imagery and suggestive titles on the ‎music they wrote: Les Préludes (1848/1854) was comprised of Liszt’s impressions from ‎the poem by Lamartine, while Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1894) ‎captured the world of Mallarmé’s poem in music. Again, this fact alone sets them apart ‎from Chopin, whose choice [...]" Read More on Scribd

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