De Bussy Opening

In a review of what brought about the changes of 20th Century art music, leads to at least one conclusion.  It was Beethoven and then De Bussy to blame…. 😉

West of the Rain - Composition In My Mind

De Bussy Opening
by Michael Doyle

Music like all of life
Is filled with balance and strife
Both cyclical and linear
Different in the ages, yet familiar

Perspective makes this self confession
Intimate in their very concession
The syntax of music is progression
Explosively in propulsion with each generation

Simultaneously implosive in the frame of tonality
While moving forward in range of instrumentality
Beethoven celebrated self in the Enlightenment
His music served as catalyst into things meant

But little understood as it might be
Perhaps because of the French language's fluidity
And its influence on the ways of culture
Symbolism imposed itself on artistic need to nurture

Claude De Bussey composed French into action
Seeking sound for sounds sake in self-satisfaction
Ebbing and flowing for the simple sake of sound
Touching musical modernism in depths quite profound

Prelude To A Fawn serves as ground zero
And De Bussey is 20th Century music's hero
As Pierre Boulez noted form itself was no longer needed
Its delicacy and transparency caused rules to not be heeded

Melodic winds and strings brought to composition
All the tickle of the French love of imagination
Musical phrases of long, lush gentle articulation
Sustained as objects of beauty persuasive in rumination

All of this became held to have greater importance
Then the motifs and development of aural romance
No longer would music be kept in the old frames
Tonal colors would be music's new game

(c) May 1, 2020  Michael Doyle
All Rights Reserved

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