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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Voyage to the island of joy: A performer's guide to Claude Debussy's "L'Isle Joyeuse"
by Shiina, Yuko, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 29; 1523162
Abstract (Summary)

This paper discusses how other forms of art influenced Debussy in the course of writing "L'Isle Joyeuse." Watteau's Fête Galante painting, L'embarquement pour Cythère, is said to be the greatest influence on composing L'Isle Joyeuse along with Debussy's romantic life with his second wife Emma, and his experience on the trip to the picturesque Jersey Island in 1904. The historical and biographical information regarding the music is stated in the second chapter. In the following chapter, the content of the piece along with suggestions for interpretation and performance is discussed to enhance the understanding of this enchanted piece of music for both the performer and the audience.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chou, Shun-Lin
Commitee: Hickman, Roger, Richey, Craig
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Debussy, Claude, L'Isle Joyeuse
Publication Number: 1523162
ISBN: 978-1-303-20350-3
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