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The Tantalizing Sounds and Images of Debussy and Ravel (5-Week Class) (Tuesdays, 9:00am-11:30am)  

Explore the enchanted musical reflections of water and nature in the works of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, two of the 20th century’s most influential composers. From piano works to symphonic poems, their music invites us to embark on voyages to mythical islands, hear singing birds, witness dancing fairies, marvel at the pyrotechnics of fireworks, and taste the iridescent intimacy of moonlit landscapes. Their musical journeys, which spanned the excitement of fin-de-siècle Paris to the destruction of World War I, merged the modern with the ancient, revolutionizing music as it was known. Experience artistic visions that inebriate the senses, standing between Impressionism and symbolism, reality and dream. Learn to detect Spanish, Asian and American influences within a distinctively French style. Discover correspondences between music, art, poetry and literature that brought the French capital to the peak of its cultural effervescence. In immersive, multimedia classes, which will include live musical performances, you will be invited to paint these French composers’ musical images with the colors of your own imagination. Class size limit: 85.


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