Impressionist music

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Impressionist music
Stylistic origins Reaction to 19th century Romanticism
Cultural origins Late 19th century in Paris, France
Typical instruments woodwind, strings, harp, piano, small chamber
Mainstream popularity ca. 1890 to 1940

The impressionist movement in music was a movement in Europen classical music. It was mostly in France. It began in the late 19th century and ended in the middle of the 20th century. There were two very famous composers of this movement, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Debussy actually did not like the term 'Impressionist' in his works.[1] English impressionist musicians include Cyril Scott (1879–1970) and John Ireland (1879–1962). Other well-known composers labeled impressionist include Paul Dukas, Gabriel Fauré, Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, Giacomo Puccini, Leoš Janáček, Alexander Scriabin and Kurt Atterberg

The first pieces of impressionist music were probably composed by Franz Liszt, the first such piece for orchestra is probably Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, composed by Claude Debussy, between 1892 and 1894.

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  1. In a letter Debussy wrote to Durand in March 1908, Debussy also talked about the label "Impressionist" which was used to classify his music: „J’essaie de faire ‚autre chose‘ – en quelque sorte, des ‚realites‘ - ce que les imbéciles appelement ‚impressionisme‘, terme aussi mal employé que possible, surtout par le critiques d’art qui n’hésitent pas à en affubler Turner, le plus beau créateur de mystére qui soit en art“; citation from Oswald d' Estrade-Guerra: Debussy – l’homme, son oeuvre, son milieu, H. Lemoine, 1962, pp. 144