Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Set work of 2013, a mind map about important points that you need for section B of the exam. It could also help with section A

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  • Created by: Charlie
  • Created on: 30-03-13 13:06
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  • Debussy
    • Resources
      • Symphony Orchestra
      • No Heavy Brass
      • Strings are not dominant
      • No Timpani
      • Antique Cymbals
      • Flute represents panpipes
      • 2 Harps
    • Structure
      • Ternary with Coda
      • Section A
        • Intro to theme (A1)
        • Transition
        • A2
      • Section B
        • melody play 3 times
          • 1st Woodwind
          • 2nd Upper Strings
          • 3rd  Solo Violin
    • Melody
      • Material driven from:
        • Opening chromatic phrase
        • Triadic Third Bar 3
        • Triplet figure Bar 4
      • Other melodic ideas
        • Bar  28  Flutes
        • Bar 29 Oboe
      • Pentatonic Scale Bar 37 Oboe
      • Whole  tone scale Bar 32 Clarinet
    • Harmony
      • Used for colour
      • Few Formal Cadences
        • 1st cadence  Bar 29 (perfect)
        • 2nd cadence Bar 50 (perfect)
      • Dominant 7th Chord Bar 94
    • Tonality
      • Ambigious
      • Section A
        • Sharp  Keys
        • Centered around E major
      • Section B
        • Flat Keys
        • Centered around Db Major
      • Pentatonic & Whole-tone Scales
    • Rhythm & Metre
      • Rhythm is fluid  within a slow pulse
      • Metre is varied & fluid
      • Mostly triple time
      • Bar 5 Compound duple
      • Compound quadruple Bar 30
    • Texture
      • Monophonic - Opening phrase
      • Bars 74 - 78 contrapuntal
      • Mostly melody & accom.
      • Unison - woodwind Bar 55+
      • Parallel chords Bar 51 violins
    • Background
      • Composed 1892 - 1894
      • First Performance : 22nd December 1894 Paris
      • Genre:  Orchestral Tone Poem

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