University of South Carolina
School of Music

Debussy & Ravel

Summer 2023

MUSC 726D | Blackboard | Listening/Analysis

C O U R S E   M O D U L E S
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Piano Music
2. Ballet Music
3. String Quartets
4. Solo and
Chamber Music
5. Vocal Music
6. Orchestral Music


Welcome to MUSC 726D!

This course will be offered: Summer 2023, 3-Week Session III (3S5),
June 19 - July 7, MTW: 4:10-7:40 pm, B3WEB


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It is music alone that has the power to evoke imaginary scenes at will, to conjure up the intangible world of fantasies secretly shrouded within the mysterious poetry of the night, the thousand indistinguishable noises made by moonbeams caressing the leaves.
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– Claude Debussy

Course Description

Analysis of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, style and orchestration in the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel

Prerequisite: Undergraduate tonal harmony and voice leading

Course Documents

  1. Syllabus (pdf) Updated icon
  2. Bibliography
  3. Works for Study
  4. Digital Anthology
  5. Terms & Concepts
  6. Other:

Analysis Projects

  1. Debussy Project
  2. Ravel Project
  3. Final Project

Asynchronous Thursday Activities

  1. Visualizing Debussy & Ravel
  2. Special Topics
  3. Final Presentation Self-Reflection

Online Media Resources

  1. Barenboim, 5 Minutes on Claude Debussy
  2. Boston Symphony Orchestra, Behind the Music
  3. British Library
  4. Christiansen, Earsense: Debussy & Ravel
  5. Howat, Fibonacci and the Golden Section {} (Howat 1983)
  6. Gjerdingen, Child Composers {YouTube} (Gjerdingen 2020)
  7. Guttman, Classical  Notes
  8. Listening In: Video Essays on Music {YouTube Channel}
  9. London Philharmonic
  10. Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel
  11. Malinowski, Music Animation Machine {}
  12. Morgan Library & Museum
  13. Musical Times, Portraits of Debussy
  14. Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen
  15. Pianist Magazine
  16. Ross
  17. Smith College Museum of Art
  18. Swingle Singers
  19. Teoria, Web-based analyses by José Rodríguez Alvira
  20. Tonebase

Research Tools

  1. FindIt @ UofSC
  2. Dictionaries: Harvard Dictionary | Grove/Oxford
  3. Articles: JSTOR
  4. E-books: Ebook Central | EBSCOhost | Hathi Trust
  5. Scores: IMSLP; Alexander Street; CPDL
  6. Recordings: Naxos | Spotify | YouTube

Lists of Works

  1. Claude Debussy {WP; IMSLP}
  2. Maurice Ravel {WP; IMSLP}

Autograph Manuscripts

  1. Claude Debussy
  2. Maurice Ravel

BnF - Bibliothèque nationale de France


  1. 19th-Century Music {UC Press}
  2. College Music Symposium {CMS}
  3. Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy {OSU Libraries}
  4. Indiana Theory Review {IU Press}
  5. Intégral {}
  6. Journal of Mathematics and Music {Taylor & Francis}
  7. Journal of Music Theory {JMT; JSTOR}
  8. Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy {JMTP}
  9. Journal of New Music Research {Taylor & Francis}
  10. Music Analysis {Wiley; JSTOR}
  11. Perspectives on New Music {Website; JSTOR}
  12. Society for Music Theory (SMT)
  13. Theory and Practice {JSTOR}

Main References

See also: BAIN MUSC 726D Bibliography

DeVoto. Mark. 2004. Debussy and the Veil of Tonality: Essays on His Music. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press. {GB}

Parks, Richard S. 1989. The Music of Claude Debussy. New Haven: Yale University Press. {GB}

Howat, Roy. 1983. Debussy in Proportion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. {GB}

Kaminsky, Peter, ed. 2011. Unmasking Ravel: New Perspectives on the Music. Rochester: University of Rochester Press. {GB}

Kelly, Barbara L. 2001. "Ravel, (Joseph) Maurice." Oxford Music Online. {Grove}

Lesure, François and Roy Howat. 2001. Debussy, (Achille-) Claude." Oxford Music Online. {Grove}

Zank, Stephen. 2009. Irony and Sound: The Music of Maurice Ravel. Rochester: University of Rochester Press. {GB}

Updated: May 24, 2023

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music