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Prelude a L'Apres-midi d'un Faune

structure A B A
genre symphonic poem
orchestral instruments winds (flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinets)- strings (violins, violas, cellos, basses, harps) - French horn, antique cymbals.
key begins and ends with four sharps - no clear tonal centre
opening solo flute melody which falls and rises (C# down to G, a tritone) in a chromatic scale; indistinct rhythm, dream-like
Stephane Mallarme Impressionist poet whose poem inspired this work
Date of composition and premiere 1894
time signature begins in 9/8; at times, to 6/8 and 12/8
tempo tres modere
Nijinsky principal dancer of Ballets Russes who choreographed and performed a ballet in 1912
antique cymbals small bronze discs tuned to specific pitches, played with the fingers
Claude Debussy French composer, 1862-1918
whole tone scales scales with no half-tones
tritone augmented 4th or diminished 5th - the centre of an octave. Eg C - F#
Created by: tdaniell