Date of Award
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Thorough analysis will serve the performer as a valuable tool for making effective performance decisions. This study follows two guidelines: (1) analysis must include the examination of all elements of musical structure and (2) the performer must view the music from as many perspectives as possible, for example, as listener and analyst, as well as performer. In serving the second of these two guidelines, the study examines performance tradition as it pertains to Debussy's piano music, including historical performances of his contemporaries as well as Debussy's own recorded performances. A larger part of the study analyzes the structure of "Des pas sur la neige" and "Le vent dans la plaine" to develop suggestions for such pianistic devices as rhythmic nuance, phrasing, dynamic articulation, voicing, pedaling, and the execution of technical difficulties.
O'steen, William Timothy, "Analysis and Interpretation: Musical Analysis as a Technique for Performance Decisions in Selected Preludes by Claude Debussy." (1997). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 6511.