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Musicien Fran├žais: Nationalism and tradition in Claude Debussy's violin sonata
by van den Bogerd, Nicolette Maria Madeleine, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 48; 1526967
Abstract (Summary)

This paper investigates how Debussy redefined French nationalism and tradition in music by drawing a connection between nationality and authenticity using World War I and the German oppression to justify his ethnocentrism in music. Debussy's last work, the violin sonata, is used as an example to demonstrate these changes. The first chapter surveys the cultural context in relationship to Debussy in his late years before and after World War I. Chapter 2 provides an analysis of Debussy's late works, and includes the sonata for cello and piano and the sonata for viola, flute, and harp. An analysis of the violin sonata is provided in chapter 3. The following chapter is a critical study of nationalism in relationship to Debussy and his music. The focus is on his musical and political preferences. The final chapter reveals the concept of nationalism redefined by Debussy as he uses it in the violin sonata.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Muller-Stosch, Johannes
Commitee: Gamma, Lorenz, Hickman, Roger
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Debussy, Claude, Nationalism, Violin Sonata
Publication Number: 1526967
ISBN: 978-1-321-27767-8
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