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Debussy and Ravel's string quartet : an analysis

February 2011

Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel are known as two most prominent composers in
the Impressionism era. They lived in the same period, shared similar backgrounds and
influences, resulting similar ideas, colors, and nuances that lead to same
categorization as Impressionist composers. Nevertheless, their musical language is
relatively different.
Both Debussy and Ravel composed one String Quartet, almost one after another.
Furthermore, Ravel took the form of Debussy’s String Quartet and used it as a model
for his own String Quartet. Thus, this piece magnified their very own specialties as
opposed to how close and similar these composition are. A brief analysis of the String
Quartet leads to deeper understanding about their personal compositional method, the
harmonic progression, the form of the piece, and how they create different colors and
nuances from the instruments.


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