First Advisor

Sydney Carlson

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music: Education and University Honors


Music & Theater




Claude Debussy (1862-1918) -- Influence, Impressionism (Music), Composers -- 20th century, Composition (Music), Tōru Takemitsu, Herbie Hancock (1940- )




Achille-Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was a French composer and a pioneer in Impressionist music and experimented with an original system of harmony which would shape music for the rest of the 20th century. His work would go on to impact the compositional style of two other composers, Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), a Japanese composer, and Herbie Hancock (1940- ), a jazz performer and composer. Throughout this project you will see the influence that Debussy had on these other composers through a multimedia experience with scores and recordings. Debussy's use of chromaticism and modal melodies are big contributors to the music of Takemitsu and Hancock. Throughout this project there are examples from Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, Debussy's La Mer, Takemitsu's And then I was 'twas Wind, and Hancock's Maiden Voyage.


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