L'apres-midi d'un faune

A mindmap summarising the key features of the Debussy setwork for Edexcel. Feel free to suggest improvements/ask questions :)

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  • Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
    • Harmony
      • Chord extensions (9th, 11th, 13th)
      • Much use of 7th chords
      • Pedals (bars 94-99)
      • Musical colour
      • Chromatic harmony
      • Non-functional
      • Half-diminished chords
    • Rhythm and Metre
      • B section more stable framework
      • Changes of metre
      • Triplets (bar 1)
      • Opening metre: compund triple
      • Other tuplets
      • Difficult to discern pulse or metre
      • Cross Rhythms
      • Syncopation
    • Structure
      • (Loose) Ternary form and coda
      • Tone Poem
      • Reprise of A section much shorter than first
    • Performing Forces
      • Clarinets
        • Tremolo (bar 95)
        • Both A and Bb used
      • Harp
        • Glissandi
        • Harmonics (bar 108-9)
      • Doubling in upper wind (bar 55)
      • Strings
        • Tremolo
        • Parts often divided
        • Pizzicato and Arco
        • Mutes used
        • Sur la touche  (bowing over the fingerboard)
      • Woodwind  solos focus on timbres
      • Large Orchestra
      • Horns
        • Bouche (stopped, bar 93)
        • Muted sometimes
    • Tonality
      • Moments of tonal clarity essential to the structure
      • Ambiguous
    • Melody
      • Bigger leaps (bar 3)
      • Central passage more diatonic
      • Melody built upon opening phrase
      • Chromatic opening
      • Scalic movement (bar 1)
      • Use of whole tone scale (bar 32)
    • Texture
      • Doubling of instruments
      • Flute solo monophonic
      • Pedals (Bars 106-110)
      • Mainly melody dominated homophony
      • Homorhythm (bar 107)

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