Day School: Impressions of Debussy

Ref: C3743163

After the ravages of the Franco-Prussian War, France sought to reinvent itself. Art and music struck out in new directions. The most potent musical expression of this was 'Impressionism.' The most significant 'impressionist' composer was Claude Debussy whose music was based not on logical argument and intellectual rigour, but on suggestion, sensuality and an exploration of colour and light hitherto perceived only as a secondary musical consideration. We shall follow Debussy's journey into this new musical domain and consider some of the new techniques he used to create his distinctive soundworld.

Course aim

Claude Debussy – A day school examining the origins of his individual style of ‘Impressionism’ and an appreciation of some of his most important works.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • identify some of Debussy’s compositional techniques
  • appreciate the close association between music and painting in the late 19th and early C20th
  • Define the term ‘Impressionism’

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Lecture, discussion, sound clips, video clips

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: Impressions of Debussy

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