Rackham Thesis Style
a little background on the pieces – this is all in my introductory paragraph, but i’ll summarize it for you here.
basically, debussy had a daughter (chou-chou) who was fascinated with fairytales like any little girl is, and she had an illustration of a dancing fairy in her room.
debussy was captivated by the amount of detail in the art and composed some pieces inspired by the artist’s (named arthur rackham) work.
and now, my thesis: In this paper, I will discuss how Debussy used musical imagery devices, such as recurring motifs, dotted rhythms, and circular melodic figures, to evoke the stories of fairies and a water nymph in “La Danse de Puck”, “Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses”, and “Ondine”, contributing to the characteristics of Impressionist music and to Debussy’s personal compositional style. TL; DR: Debussy’s ingenuity in evoking Rackham’s illustrations and their respective stories through music is exemplified in his piano preludes “La Danse de Puck”, “Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses”, and “Ondine”.
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