University of Texas Arlington

The Color of Sound in 20th-century French Music by Debussy and Messiaen

The presentation will focus on 20th-century French music, reflecting the piano works of Debussy and Messiaen. Debussy and Messiaen developed their own unique ways of creating colors in their music. This presentation will discuss the compositional techniques of Debussy and Messiaen and how they were able to create these colors in sound. The format will include a powerpoint presentation, short demonstrations at the piano, and a full live performance of selected pieces by Debussy and Messiaen.

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