a biography n.
Download
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
A Biography PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
A Biography

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 35

A Biography - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 167 Views
  • Uploaded on

A Biography. Of Claude Debussy’s Life and Music By Tara Spencer. “Music is God’s best gift to man: the only art of heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to heaven .” Walter Savage Lander. A Biography. Nocturne Closing Remarks Bibliography. Of Claude Debussy’s life.

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'A Biography' - rozene


Download Now An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
a biography

A Biography

Of

Claude Debussy’s Life and Music

By Tara Spencer

slide2

“Music is God’s best gift to man: the only art of heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to heaven.”

Walter Savage Lander

a biography1
A Biography

Nocturne

Closing Remarks

Bibliography

Of Claude Debussy’s life

Table of contents

  • Who Was Claude Debussy
  • Claude Debussy’s Professional Life
  • A Quick Life Summary
  • Well known Melodies
  • My Favorites
  • Clair de Lune
  • Arabesque
claude debussy
Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy was a man who created heavenly, beautiful, brilliant music. Whenever I hear a song that he wrote, I feel like I am in heaven. This man was truly gifted, and I believe he created music that will live on forever and stand the test of time.

early life
Early life

Claude was born August 22 1862 in St-Germain-en-Laye, France

He was the oldest of 5 children

He came from a very poor family

He was 7 when he had his first piano lesson

In 1872 Claude attended the Paris Conservatoire where he stayed for 11 years

slide6

The middle years

While attending school, he studied piano, organ, music composition, music theory and many other courses

Claude often pushed boundaries as he experimented. He created music ahead of his time. His music was very controversial

Claude was the winner of the 1884 Prix de Rome. For his composition L’enfantProdigue and was able to receive a scholarship to the academy des Beaux-Arts

He was able to attend the Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome from 1885-1887

He began creating some of his most famous musical compositions during this time

the later years
The later years

In 1902 Claude finished his first and only opera, Pelleas et Melisande. A very controversial piece.

His later life was surrounded in scandal.

His later music was very different from the earlier music he created.

He suffered from cancer for the last 8 years of his life.

He died of rectal cancer in Paris on March 25 1918.

slide8
Claude Debussy:

A

Quick life summary

claude debussy1
Claude Debussy

Born: August 22 1862 in Saint-Germain-en-Lave, France

Died: March 25, 1918, in Paris-France

Remains: Buried: Cimetiere de Passy, Paris, France

Occupation: Composer, French Impressionist composer

Wife: Rosalie Texier (dressmaker, m. 1899, separated 1904 for Bardac)

Wife: Emma Bardac (m. 1908)

Daughter: Claude-Emma ("Chouchou")

slide10
Claude Debussy’s Professional Life

Claude Debussy’s music is a perfect example of the quote that I mentioned earlier. I think it is art from heaven.it will be art that we will be able to take with us when we depart from this life, and I truly thank him for that.

claude debussy s professional life
Claude Debussy’s Professional Life

Musician

Award Winning Composer

Concert Pianist

Writer

Conductor

Teacher

Colleague

well known for his music
Well known For His Music

A list of some of the most popular melodies Claude Debussy composed.

  • Duex Arabesques
  • Riverie
  • Tarantelle Styrienne
  • Nocturne’s
  • Juex (Ballet)
  • Suite Bergamasque: Prelude, Menuet, Clair de Lune, Passepied
  • Children’s Corner: Golliwogg’s Cakewalk, The Little Shepard, The Snow is Dancing, Serenade for the Dolls, Jimbo’s Lullaby, Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum.
my favorites chosen for my listening guide
My Favorites chosen for my Listening Guide

Clair de Lune

Arabesque

Nocturne

clair de lune
Clair de lune
  • Written between1890 and 1905
  • It is the third movement of the Suite bergamasque, and the most popular of all 4 movements
  • Clair de Lune means Moonlight in French and was influenced by a poem written by Paul Verlaine’s also called Clair de Lune
  • It is one of Claude’s most popular compositions and over the last 20 years has been featured in more than 50 movies and TV shows
slide16
You can also enjoy Clair de Lune in such a beautiful way, by watching the Clair de Lune Water show at the Bellagio, in Las Vegas Nevada.

It is simply breathtaking…

arabesque
Arabesque
  • This was one of Debussy’s earlier compositions
  • It was finished in 1888 while he was still in his 20’s
  • One of the great pieces to show what was to come from this brilliant composer
  • Full of scales and runs, mixed with harmonious chords to create a seamless masterpiece
  • A favorite of many who enjoy his music
arabesque1
Arabesque

I once saw a ballet number that was choreographed to the song Arabesque and was blown away by how beautifully they went together. Then I remembered that in ballet an arabesque is an actual movement performed by dancers.

I can see why!

nocturnes
Nocturnes
  • This song was completed between 1897 and 1899
  • Debussy explains the feeling of this song as “the unchanging aspect of the sky, and the slow, solemn movement of the clouds dissolving in gray tints lightly touched with white. The restless dancing rhythm of the atmosphere interspersed with sudden flashes of light.”
  • It is another one of his most famous melodies
nocturnes1
Nocturnes

Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes, was said to have been influenced by a series of paintings. The series was created by a famous artist by the name of, James McNeill Whistler.

This was one of the painting in the series.

listening guide
Listening Guide

Claire de Lune

Arabesque

&

Nocturnes

clair de lune1
Clair De Lune
  • Introduction, slow, quiet and harmonious
  • It is repeated and played andante; it is taking its time
  • The timbre is harmonious and romantic
  • 1:11 is when the chords start to evolve
  • Tempo rubato begins, and the chords seem to go fast and slow
  • This sequence is the heart of a lot of the song
  • It continues as it switches off with what you hear at the beginning
slide25

1:52 Then the main melody begins, which is slow and calm

  • You hear a very dreamlike sequence of runs and scales
  • The chords that are played along with that sequence to make a beautiful blend of symphonic music
  • 2:54 The middle through the end of the song is a sequence full of seamless changes that take you on a ride
  • Fast and slow, high and low as it changes from the three main melodies
  • The three melodies blend together with romantic tones and sounds
slide26
5:02 the song ends

As the last note is played, it seems to ring as the song lingers

The rhythm of the entire song flows peacefully

What a heavenly song…

arabesque2
Arabesque
  • 0:00 The song begins with a scale rising and falling, followed by a low note and then repeats itself
  • 0:14 Chords are then played to create the layers of a song that sounds like a peaceful spring rain
  • This section is played very delicately
  • It is slightly fast or andantino might be a better description
  • The timbre of the piano is very soft and pure
  • 0:26 is when one of the main melodies begins
  • The song begins to climb and get a little louder before the main melody returns
slide28

1:30 The middle section of this song is full of different melodies that blend well with the main melody

  • 1:40-4:00 There isn’t a real clear path for the piece during this section
  • This section has a lot going on, but somehow it all comes together as one seamless composition
  • Lots of crescendo’s, it get’s very powerful and then soft again at a quick pace
  • 4:49 The ending is a nice wrap up of all the different melodies and harmonies heard throughout the piece
  • If you close your eyes, you could picture springtime, just after the rain
slide29
This piece truly takes you to another place

When it’s over you feel moved by the incredible peace and stillness that comes from the music

nocturnes2
Nocturnes
  • The song begins on a very deep pure tone, that has a little bit of darkness to it
  • A very high fast scale starts that pierces you, then falls back to the deep
  • 0:43 The melody begins, it creates a mood of sadness. The timbre is pure and soft, very quiet like a reflection
  • 2:00 As the song progresses, it begins to build and pick up pace
  • 2:30-3:00 It brightens and an atmosphere of happiness remains through out the middle sequence of the song
  • There are beautiful chords and harmonies that create amazing layers and feelings
slide31

As the song winds down, all the feeling from the beginning and the middle combines

  • 4:00 Again you hear some of the beginning melodies that blend well with what feels to be the climax of the song and then descend downward
  • Feelings of sadness return
  • The timbre is very deep and pure when the lower register is played
  • You experience the contrast of the low notes with a sudden high scale that is played light and fast
  • This part is giving the song more form. It seems to come full circle at this point
slide32
5:40 As the end of the song nears a sudden change in the music occurs as the varied dynamics start building, and the whole song comes together

The song ends softly and powerfully

A strong powerful emotional ride, but beautiful

in closing
In closing

In studying and learning about Claude Debussy’s life, I have come to have a greater appreciation for his music and the courage he had to push boundaries and try new things. What an amazing musician…And I would like to finish with the same quote I began with that I think sums up the divine music this man created.

“Music is God’s best gift to man: the only art of heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to heaven.”

~Walter Savage Lander~

bibliography
Bibliography
  • www.Biography.com ~ Claude Debussy, biography ~ Synopsis ~ Profile ~ Chosen Music
  • www.8notes.com ~ Claude Debussy, biography ~ Chosen Music
  • www.noteablebiographies.com ~ Claude Debussy, biography ~ Chosen Music
  • 50 Greats for piano, by Yamaha ~ General Information ~ Claude Debussy ~ Claire de Lune ~ Arabesque
  • www.wikipedia.org ~ Claude Debussy, biography ~ Chosen Music, biography
  • www.youtube.com ~ Chosen Music
  • www.googleimages.com ~ Photos used throughout Power Point presentation