Symbolism in Music

Symbolism in Music

Anonymous "Melusine Discovered"In setting to music the plays of Maurice Maeterlinck, the composers Claude Debussy and Paul Dukas developed a rich and complex vocabulary of musical symbols, and I discuss, with many musical examples, how it is possible to make musical equivalents to the half-visual, half verbal symbols common in the Symbolist art found in other artistic media at the end of the nineteenth century.

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