Music GCSE: Debussy, world music and impressionism
In this short film Howard Goodall examines Claude Debussy and the transition away from traditional composition methods.
Debussy was influenced by Russian composers such as Modest Mussorgsky, to leave behind the typical "development technique" that had dominated western composition for centuries.
Debussy was at the vanguard, experimenting with the pentatonic scale and overlapping harmonics to create an iconic style that had a huge impact on the western canon.
Includes extracts from Voiles by Claude Debussy, Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Estampes - Pagodes by Claude Debussy and Peace Piece by Bill Evans.
This short film is from the BBC series, Howard Goodall's Story of Music.
Ask your students to select a World Music style, perhaps influenced by their own travels or interests.
They could use elements of its features combined with their own Western tastes and style, to compose for their instrument, adapting a song they already know into the new style.
Students could be asked to explain and demonstrate the specific features they employ, and may also make use of images or artefacts from their chosen culture.
This short film will be useful for teaching music, particularly in the areas of music history, notation, composition, music theory and understanding styles.