This site is an interactive harmonic analysis of the Prelude Book I, No. 8, La Fille aux cheveux de lin. By Claude Debussy. The site includes a scrolling score and overview harmonic timeline combined with an audio recording. As the recording plays the score timeline scrolls while a detailed harmonic analysis and a brief commentary is displayed as each phrase is heard. The user may jump from phrase to phrase by clicking on the measure numbers displayed with the overview harmonic timeline.
Type of Material:
This tool would be useful to introduce students to analyzing Debussys music as well as to open a discussion on the use of non-diatonic scales integrated into diatonic progressions.
Standard multimedia browser with Flash installed.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The purpose of the site is to demonstrate a basic analysis of the La Fille aux cheveux de lin as well as associate that analysis with the music as it unfolds.
Target Student Population:
Beginning music majors and music appreciation students who are familiar with music notation.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The ability to read music and understand basic (roman numeral) harmonic analysis notation is a prerequisite for understanding this site.
The analysis and commentary is accurate. The presentation of the material is clear and concise
Better image resolution would help the clarity of the notation.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The interactive association of aural experience with the analysis and the ability to jump from phrase to phrase is the strength of this site. The harmonic overview combined with the detailed analysis leads the student to a more complex understanding of the music. At the same time the detailed analysis is open to interpretation and further discussion in the classroom. This analysis could enhance a discussion of how impressionistic music fits into the early twentieth century deconstruction of tonal music. Students could later view and hear the music as often a needed.
The Roman numeral analysis may imply a more traditional tonal movement in the music. An explanation of the purpose of this approach would be appropriate.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use. Instructions are minimal however operating the site is very intuitive.
A short explanation of how to use the tool might be helpful.
Other Issues and Comments:
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