Debussy's Use of the Motive in Thematic Construction as Found in "Images I" for Piano

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This study seeks to discover the extent and manner of Debussy's use of the motive in thematic material. A total of 40 melodic examples were analyzed in order to show their relationship to a single motive, a three-note figure having a step-leap relationship. Using eighty-four series of examples, the study shows the melodies analyzed to be 85% motive-derived. The study concludes, therefore, that Images I is a remarkably economical work, using a single three-note motive as a unifying and developmental basis.

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Sheridan, John F. May 1977.

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This study seeks to discover the extent and manner of Debussy's use of the motive in thematic material. A total of 40 melodic examples were analyzed in order to show their relationship to a single motive, a three-note figure having a step-leap relationship. Using eighty-four series of examples, the study shows the melodies analyzed to be 85% motive-derived. The study concludes, therefore, that Images I is a remarkably economical work, using a single three-note motive as a unifying and developmental basis.

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Sheridan, John F. Debussy's Use of the Motive in Thematic Construction as Found in "Images I" for Piano, thesis, May 1977; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc504269/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .