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Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartok$
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Elliot Antokoletz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195365825

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365825.001.0001

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Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Toward Character Reversal: Reassignment of Pentatonic and Whole‐Tone Spheres

(p.207) 10 Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartok

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This chapter looks at Doors II (Armoury), III (Treasure Chamber), and IV (Garden) and develops Judith's “Fate” motif and the leitmotif of Stefi Geyer, including the transformation between Judith's (Stefi's) motif of the seventh-chord and the chromatic motif of “Blood”. Descending third transpositions of variant seventh chords produce chromatic collisions as an implication of the “Blood” motif. Interaction of diatonic and whole-tone spheres produce dissonance and the move toward ultimate fate.

Keywords:   treasure chamber, garden, Judith's Fate motif, leitmotif, Stefi Geyer, descending third transpositions, variant seventh chords, chromatic collisions, dissonance

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