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Claude Debussy's La Mer and Three Paintings by Claude Monet

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1 Claude Debussy's La Mer and Three Paintings by Claude Monet

2 Intro To The Works Artwork: “Arm of the Seine near Giverny,” “Regatta at Sainte-Andresse,” and “Rough Seas at Etretat” by Claude Monet Musical work: “La Mer” by Claude Debussy Era = impressionist (musical & visual), late 1800's- 1900's Focused on suggestion & atmosphere more than strong emotion or the presentation of a story5 Music made use of dissonance and unusual scales5 Artwork focused on lighting effects and capturing the essence of the subject rather than details4

3 Claude Monet ( )1 Born November 14, 1840 in Paris, later moved to Normandy1 Father wanted him to become a grocer, but he wanted to be an artist1 Took drawing lessons from Jacques-Francois Ochard1 Eugène Boudin taught him to use oil paints1 Studied under Charles Gleyre in Paris starting 18621 met Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frederic Bazille, and Alfred Sisley1 These fellow artists helped shape his style and impressionism as a whole1 Style= visible brush strokes, emphasis on lighting effects1 Painted “series” paintings: multiple paintings of one subject under different weather/light conditions1

4 Claude Debussy ( )2 Born August 22, 1862 in St. Germain-en-Laye, Germany2 Began studying piano at the age of 92 At 10 studied with Ernest Guiraud, César Franck and others at the Paris Conservatoire (1872–84)2 Initially influenced by Wagner2 Developed own style independent of Wagner's romantic & emotional style in 1880's2 Shorter works, daring harmonic experimentation2 Whole tone scale, phrygian mode2 Uses dissonance w/out formal resolution2 Used music to evoke images or impressions of places, ideas, or occurrences2

5 La Mer (The Sea) Composed 1903-05; Consists of 3 movements3:
"De l'aube à midi sur la mer" - très lent (si mineur) "Jeux de vagues" - allegro (do dièse mineur) "Dialogue du vent et de la mer" - animé et tumultueux (do dièse mineur) These are usually translated as3: "From dawn to midday on the sea" - very slowly (B minor) "Play of the waves" or - allegro (C sharp minor) "Dialogue of the wind and the sea" - animated and tumultuous (C sharp minor)

6 From Dawn to Midday on the Sea
Initial dynamic building/ whole tone ascension suggest rising of the sun Gives way to a calm, ethereal tone, with flowing style Light, airy tone, as if floating blissfully in a calm sea Ends with majestic buildup and resolution, which evokes images of the vast expanse of the sea, with the noon sun shining gloriously down

7 Arm of the Seine near Giverny
Still water reflects calm, blissful tone of the main section of the movement Soft colors reiterate calm Even though this is a river, it still has the qualities of water that Debussy captured in this movement

8 Play of the Waves This piece imitates the many different types of waves that can occur: Quick, lively runs and trills evoke images of little ripples or small waves breaking lightly Harp and flute create flowing images Building crescendos followed by decrescendos imitates swell of the waves Crash symbols imitate crash of waves

9 Regatta at Sainte-Andresse
Waves breaking lightly on the shore Small, ripple-like waves Sailboats and cloude create sense of peace Green water reflects intermittent eerie tone of the song

10 Dialogue of the wind and the sea
Dissonance, sudden dynamic changes, and building/layering of voices create dark, foreboding tone, suggesting agitation or a storm Gives way to more calm, consonant sound, but dissonance and dynamic building are intermittent until it builds back up to a dissonant climax Majestic tone at the end evokes images of tall, powerful swells, while the crash symbols suggest the wind forcing these waves into collision

11 Rough Seas at Etretat Brownish grey of water reflects the dissonance of the music Large waves and crashes as suggested by movement General stormy sky/atmosphere

12 Conclusion Claude Monet and Claude Debussy lived in the same time period and were both impressionists Both sought to capture the essence of the subject matter instead of focusing on the tiny details Both artists captured the many different temperaments of the sea, Debussy through his three contrasting movements of La Mer, and Monet through countless different paintings of the sea

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