Engulfed In A Church of Transition

Claude De Bussy’s music started a tonal revolution that brought with it an entirely different way of looking at music.   It’s simply amazing in its tonal fluidity and how it transformed art music.

Debussy’s Engulfed Cathedral:


In His Name - Mt St Bruno - The Ascension

Engulfed In A Church of Transition
by Michael Doyle

The blurred edges of the language of French
Offered it's subtlety that happens to entrench
Its mild way into nuances of cultural taste
And brings much in gentleness, not in haste

Impressionist art with it's open composition
Gives a sense of visual fluidity in its sensation
There in the shifting patterns of light
Is that subtlety of color that shines just right

Just as symbolic poetry evokes sensual imagery
There is something to be heard in the fluidity
That describes the look deep within a poet's soul
In just these ways, the sensuality of music controls

Sound for itself and there in the form of its own sake
Moves beyond melody and harmony with its subtle shake
Blurred and fluid edges shape the music's sound
Without the articulation that Germans and others found

The Faun brought modernism's surge of new breath
And with it, yesterday's music found cold death
A movement came in timbered balance and transparency
There to be heard at the dawn of the 20th Century

It was the French language transformed to musical action
Bringing delights of its own in graceful satisfaction
Long, lush and gently lulled as it is articulated
Music became the microcosm of whole tones mandated

Tone colors became suspended beauty in themselves
As if held aloft on some magical, musical shelf
Debussy's music is not just another pretty face
But a revolutionary construct to audibly embrace

(c) July 9, 2020  Michael Doyle 
All Rights Reserved

Downtown Indianapolis -Scottish Rites Cathedral From A Distance II




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