Question Description


1. Read A Critical Focus: Exploring Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” at the end of Chapter 6.

2. Carefully listen to the song “Clair de Lune” and critically examine its components, style, context, and influence.Listen for and try identifying at least TWO basic elements of musicdescribed in Chapter 6.

3. Read the essay “Musical Impressionism: The Early Historyof the Term” by Ronald L. Byrnside from The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 66,No. 4 (October, 1980), pp. 522-537, published by Oxford UniversityPress.

4. Now that you’ve carefully examined and researched the work of music, write a new thread of at least 200 words, in which you:

  • Describe Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” analytically. In doingthis, identify at least TWO basic elements of music described in Chapter6 (section 6.1) “The Basic Elements of Music”.
  • Explain whether “Clair de Lune” is Apollonian or Dionysian, and provide evidence supporting your argument.
  • Knowing that “Clair de Lune” belongs to a musical school known asImpressionism (based on your research) describe the similarities anddifferences between Impressionism as an artistic movement (as we learnedabout in Module 5) and as a movement in music. Use evidence from “Clairde Lune” and your exploration of Impressionism to support yourarguments.
  • Be sure to use and cite “Musical Impressionism: The Early History ofthe Term” by Ronald L. Byrnside and/or another essay you have alreadyfound and read as a research source article concerning the musicalschool and movement known as Impressionism.