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Impressionism: Historical and cultural background

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Bea Bianca Uy

on 3 September 2016

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Romantic Era
an artistic, literary, musical, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe during the 18th century.
One of the two leading figures in impressionism
Who is Claude Debussy?
Impressionism: Historical and cultural background
By: Bea Bianca Uy
Impressionism is a philosophical and aesthetic term borrowed from late 19th century French painting after Claude Monet's Impression, Sunrise.
In the romantic period, the music is more expressive and emotional in which the music of many composers is heavy and overly dramatic by comparison.
What is Impressionism?
Impressionism in Music
- A movement among various composers in Western classical music, mainly during the late 19th and early 20th century.
A repulsion to romantic era
Impressionism in music are music that conveys atmosphere and subtle emotions.
Prelude to the afternoon of a faun
Composed by Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Considered to be the two "great" impressionists
Both often associated with impressionism, although they rejected the term when applied to their compositions.
They rejected the term because composers are generally not as accurately described by the term "Impressionism" as painters in the genre are.
A french composer born on August 1862 and died on March 1918
Although he lived around the 18th and 19th century, his compositions are influential to the 20th century music
He is one of the most influential composers of the late 19th century and early 20th centuries
Who is Maurice Ravel ?
- Died at the age of 56
Born on March 1875 and died on December 1937
- Died at the age of 62
He was a French composer, a pianist, and a conductor
In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer.
He was among the first composers to recognize the potential of recording to bring their music to a wider public
From the 1920s, despite limited technique as a pianist or conductor, he took part in recordings of several of his works; others were made under his supervision.
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