Tempo variation in the interpretation of Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

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dc.contributor.advisor Droste, Douglas
dc.contributor.author Cooperman, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-30T20:12:18Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-30T20:12:18Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-05
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/201169
dc.description.abstract This creative project analyzed seven recordings of Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'aprèsmidi d'un faune for their tempo interpretations and offered possible reasons for vastly different tempo interpretations. Analysis of the recordings shows a wide range in performance length, spanning from as short as eight and a half minutes to as long as eleven minutes. Tempi were clocked for their metronome markings and compared to Debussy’s printed tempo markings, of which none provide specific metronome markings; relationships between tempi were analyzed for their resemblance to Debussy’s notations. Relationships between the analyzed recordings were also discussed, as three pairs of recordings share identical performance lengths. Possible reasons for varying tempo interpretations discussed include a relationship to French symbolist poetry and its unusual structure and cadence. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship School of Music
dc.subject.lcsh Tempo (Music)
dc.subject.other Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune.
dc.title Tempo variation in the interpretation of Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune en_US
dc.type Creative project (M.M.), 3 hours.


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