2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Tableaux de Provence: A Musical Depiction of Southern France
Christian A. Pierce
Prof. Shirley McKamie, Faculty Mentor

Music has always been considered a fine art, but people commonly associate the word art with something that is seen, rather than heard. However, the strong associative quality of music is what fuels some composers to write music that can portray and, even more importantly, evoke a physical place in the listeners mind. One 20th-century French composer who desired to merge music and image was Paule Maurice. She accomplished this in one of her most famous compositions, entitled Tableaux de Provence, which translates to Pictures of Provence. Tableaux de Provence is a five-movement suite, where each movement portrays a different physical item, place, or action that is commonly found in the region of Provence, France. She achieved this by utilizing different tempi, rhythms, and tone colors to capture the landscape and lifestyle in a compelling musical picture of southern France.

Keywords: Saxophone, Paule Maurice, France, Provence, Tableaux


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 210-2
Location: OP 2117
Time: 9:45

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