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Beauty and Innovation in la Machine Chinoise: Falla, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel

Richard E. Mueller
Format
Book
Published
Hillsdale, NY : Pendragon Press, [2018]
Language
English
Series
Dimension and Diversity Series
Dimension & Diversity
ISBN
9781576472781, 1576472787
Summary
"During the first decade of the 20th century, Falla, Debussy, Ravel, and Roussel composed minor works laced with exotic coloration, a type of piece that Debussy termed la machine chinoise. Various historical factors at the time, including two world fairs and the vogue for Japanese prints, brought the rage for musical exoticism to a peak. But interest in Far Eastern forms of music among composers seeking innovative forms of expression coincided with avant-garde tendencies in the treatment of tonality and form. Innovation within the machine chinoise includes structural factors only indirectly involved with exotic coloration. Although musical beauty is intuited and cannot be described in words, it exists and can be located on the basis of ideas shared by philosophers, musicologists, and composers. The role Benedictus' Javanese transcriptions play in the germination of these works fails to account for their musical beauty: these machines chinoise are minor masterpieces for the unforeseeable ingenuity and imagination with which they are composed. This book strikes a balance between history and criticism by bringing together new forms of structural analysis with newly discovered exotic influences and broader frames of historical reference."--
Contents
  • Towards a theory and criticism of exoticism
  • Falla's chinoiserie : unforeseen beauty in an unexpected exoticism
  • Debussy's Pagodes : blending the exotic
  • Debussy's Et la lune descend sur le temple qui tfut : extending the exotic
  • Ravel's Laideronnette, impératrice des pagoes : refined exoticism
  • Roussel's Ode à un jeune gentilhomme : free exoticism
  • Embracing elisive allusion.
Description
xiv, 273 pages : illustrations (some color), music ; 23 cm.
Notes
  • Publication date taken from publisher's website.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 260-268) and index.
Series Statement
Dimension and diversity series ; no. 12
Dimension & diversity ; no. 12
Technical Details
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