According to William W. Austin, author of Music in the 20th Century, “Debussy’s music diverged radically from the common practice of his predecessors….” My lecture will focus on the differences between Debussy’s music and that of the common practice era, using Debussy’s Syrinx for solo flute as a basis for my comparison. Through an in-depth analysis of the compositional techniques and materials used in Syrinx, I will show how Debussy diverged from the practices of composers preceding him.
Ashlee Johnson, ’01 St. Charles, IL
Majors: Music, Education
Sponsor: Donald Chamberlain