Impressionistic Music

May 28, 2013

Claude Debussy photographed by Felix Nadar, ca. 1908
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 In painting, impressionism seeks to blur the scene, creating a somewhat hazy view of the subject.

Reflecting this impressionistic ideal, Debussy brought this concept to his musical compositions as a reaction to emotionally-dramatic music, especially that of Richard Wagner, by using unusual harmonic progressions and vagueness of adherence to only one key-center.

And how lovely it is.