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Impressionist Period Return to List of Periods
The Impressionist period lasted from 1870 to 1920 approximately.

Mostly associated with Debussy, this Impressionist style tries to capture general impressions of a scene, in the same manner of impressionist school of painting (Monet, Degas etc) It overlaps the Romantic and the Modern periods. The photo at left shows the rustic bridge in Monet's garden at Giverney, France, which is his subject for one of his impressionist paintings.

Impressionist music tries to capture images of water and light, of landscape, and of nature, by painting with tone colours. The titles are usually very descriptive, such as Debussy's The Afternoon of a Faun and his Sunken Cathedral.

Other composers associated with impressionism are Ravel, Bartok, and Delius.

Tunes originating from the Impressionist period. Audio is available for 25 tunes for this period.
No.Name of WorkComposerCategoryEnsemble
1 Arabesque No.1 in EDebussyShort PieceSolo
2 Cerdaña. Cinq Études Pittoresques (Five Picturesque Studies for the Piano).De-SéveracSuiteSolo
3 Clair de Lune from Suite BergamasqueDebussyShort PieceSolo
4 Dance of Neighbours, from Three Cornered Hat (El Sombero de Tres Picos)De-FallaBallet MusicOrchestra
5 Espana Rhapsody Themes ChabrierShort PieceOrchestra
6 Flower Duet from LakméDelibesOperaOrchestra
7 Fountains of Rome - the Fountain of Valle Giulia at DawnRespighiTone PoemOrchestra
8 Girl with the Flaxen Hair (Preludes Book 1 No.8)DebussyShort PieceSolo
9 Granada, from Suite Española, Op.47 AlbénizShort PieceSolo
10 HabaneraChabrierShort PieceSolo
11 In a Summer garden, 1st theme BDeliusTone PoemOrchestra
12 Introduction et AllegroRavelChamber MusicOther Ensembles
13 La Calinda from KoangaDeliusTone PoemOrchestra
14 La ValseRavelWaltzOrchestra
15 L'Après-midi d'une FauneDebussyTone PoemOrchestra
16 Pavanne for a Dead InfantaRavelShort PieceOrchestra
17 Pines of RomeRespighiTone PoemOrchestra
18 RêverieDebussyShort PieceSolo
19 Ritual Fire dance from El Amor BrujoDe-FallaBallet MusicOrchestra
20 Sorcerer's Apprentice ( L'Apprenti Sorcier)DukasTone PoemOrchestra
21 Tango in DAlbénizShort PieceSolo
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