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.