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Schwob School of Music
Claude Debussy's music developed as a product of his environment and culminated in the creation of a unique harmonic vernacular that permeates the twentieth century's tonal language. Through a historical and musical context, his early life through his formative years as a composer will be examined as a natural progression of his environment. The first section of this work will discuss these developments while the second part will analyze the structure and form of the Premiere Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano to illustrate the culmination of this trajectory.
Forqurean, Ford Joseph, "Claude Debussy: Harmonic Innovations in Historical and Musical Context" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 108.