Analyse, que me veux-tu? interpreting Stravinsky's memorial to Debussy

Code, D. J. (2018) Analyse, que me veux-tu? interpreting Stravinsky's memorial to Debussy. Twentieth-Century Music, 15(2), pp. 259-299. (doi:10.1017/S1478572218000166)

Code, D. J. (2018) Analyse, que me veux-tu? interpreting Stravinsky's memorial to Debussy. Twentieth-Century Music, 15(2), pp. 259-299. (doi:10.1017/S1478572218000166)

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Abstract

Soon after Debussy's death in March 2018, Stravinsky began work on a memorial, the Symphonies d'instruments à vent (1920). This piece was to become iconic both for music-theoretical reflection on modern approaches to musical time and for musicological archaeologies of Stravinsky's debts to ‘Russian traditions’. Along both avenues, particular emphasis has long been given to the work's closing chorale, initially published separately in the 1920 Debussy tombeau issue of La Revue musicale. This article argues for a radical reappraisal of the Symphonies, which builds anew on Stephen Walsh's 1996 study of the sketches and shifts the emphasis onto temporal questions long neglected under pitch-focused analysis. Exposing ‘thematic’ concerns of rhythmic and metrical parsing (as distinct from unifying motives or pitch sets), and interpreting Stravinsky's hommage in light of Debussy's famous 1907 definition of music as ‘de couleurs et de temps rythmés’, I ultimately bring fresh metacritical perspective to fundamental questions of analytical method and purpose long entertained (e.g.) by Joseph Kerman, Carl Dahlhaus, Kofi Agawu, and Robert Walser.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Code, Dr David
Authors: Code, D. J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:Twentieth-Century Music
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:1478-5722
ISSN (Online):1478-5730
Published Online:15 August 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in Twentieth-Century Music 15(2): 259-299
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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