Write a brief essay (minimum 250 words) in response to the following prompt:


Identify the literary, pictorial, or theatrical elements that shaped the musical style of Mahler, Strauss, Debussy, or Stravinsky, and describe how familiarity with those elements impacts the listening experience.




Primary issues of the prompt should be directly addressed with a convincing interpretation of the material based on strong supporting evidence. Make connections between the stylistic features of his music you mentioned and the historical dimensions of his work. Be mindful of narrative continuity, so the reader can follow a clear sequence of ideas.


Essays should be coherent with correct spelling, grammar, and a logical sequence of ideas.


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