Impressionistic Music

May 28, 2013

Claude Debussy photographed by Felix Nadar, ca. 1908
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.