French Orchestral Music
After Berlioz, French orchestral music brought forth many significant symphonies. But taking this symphonic tradition to one side, there were certainly other orchestral masterpieces of note. Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane is a prime example; the restrained orchestration bringing the melodic line to the fore. In his Pavane pour une infante défunte Fauré’s pupil Ravel explored harmonic richness in an artful instrumentation which accompanies a captivating melody. This refined art of orchestration was developed further by Debussy in his compositions such as La Mer. Here he did not follow traditional musical forms and harmonic principles but created an entirely new musical language.
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