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Debussy's Critics: Sound, Affect, and the Experience of Modernism

Alexandra Kieffer


Around the turn of the twentieth century, the work of Claude Debussy spurred a reimagining of music and musical listening in which Parisian musicians and intellectuals, informed by recent scientific discourse on affect, perception, and cognition, attempted to articulate a music aesthetics appropriate to the fully embodied, material self of psychological modernism. Important themes in debussyste music criticism are prefigured in the Symbolist wagnérisme of the late 1880s, which elaborated a model of affect and cognition drawn from the empirical psychology of Théodule Ribot. Following the premie ... More

Keywords: Claude Debussy, Debussyism, debussysme, Louis Laloy, Jean Marnold, Helmholtzian acoustics, Pelléas et Mélisande, wagnérisme, history of psychology, musical modernism

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190847241
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190847241.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Kieffer, author
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Rice University

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