Unacknowledged Exoticism in Debussy: The Incidental Music for Le martyre de saint Sébastien (1911)

Locke, Ralph P.
September 2007
Musical Quarterly;Fall/Winter2007, Vol. 90 Issue 3/4, p371
Academic Journal
The article focuses on Claude Debussy's incidental music used in the theatrical production "Le martyre de saint Sébastien," a neo-medieval mystery play whose spoken and sung texts had been written directly in French by Italian poet and novelist Gabriele D'Annunzio, . It states that Debussy's complete contribution to D' Annunzio's "Le martyre de saint Sébastien," which is said to be rarely discussed in regard to exoticism, totals to nearly an hour of music. It mentions that Debussy's exotic contribution interact in important ways with two aspects that have dominated discussion of the work from its own day onward, which are the "perverse" sexuality and the extreme religious mysticism.


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