The Symbolist movement was definitely a revolution. Artists, composers, authors and poets wanted to break away from the rules. And can you blame them? Today art means personal expression. Looking back we see times when art seemed to build on the past. The Symbolists were interested in infusing mystery, perfume, eerieness, unclear lines, fog and a little bit of magic into their music. The gamelan of Indonesia became a new obsession for Debussy and Ravel. They loved the indistinct pitches and the departure from traditional harmony, cadences and tonality.
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