Late 19th and Early 20th century Music History

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Debussy, Nocturnes, from Nuages How does Debussy’s treatment of harmony differ from linear progressions of tension and resolution characteristic of most nineteenth-century music?

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Running head: MUSIC HISTORY1Music HistoryInstitution AffiliationNameMUSIC HISTORY21.The way in which Debussy treated harmony in his composition, was far much discrete from theresolution and tension progression features of the classical music of the 19th century in severalways. He radically treated chords in a way that weakened the illusion of any definite key. Healso employed parallel chords leading to the creation of non-functional harmony; bitonality, aswell as unprepared modulation. The absence of fixed tonality, unlike the case of the other musicof the time, led to the production of a dreamy, vague character that was termed to beimpressionism. Thus, Debussys music stood out from the music of the day introducing synthesisof melodic tonality that was uncommon at the time.MUSIC HISTORY3ReferencesDebussy, C. (1983). Three great orchestral works: in full

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