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The magic of timbre: French orchestral sound

Rae, Caroline ORCID: 2014. The magic of timbre: French orchestral sound. Rae, Caroline and Potter, Caroline, eds. City of Light: Paris 1900-1950 Festival Programme Book, London: Philharmonia Orchestra, pp. 23-26.

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The music of Debussy and Ravel is often described in terms of its luxuriant orchestral colourism, harmonic sensuality and the exploration of sound as timbre, attributes considered quintessentially French. This article considers the distinctive character of French orchestral music from Debussy to Dutilleux through an investigating instrumental texture and sonority.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Publisher: Philharmonia Orchestra
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 09:39

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