French Music during Impressionist Era? Can anyone tell me what styles of music were popular during the impressionist era of VanGogh, Monet, Renior, etc in France? Im trying to get a sense of their other influences besides just drawn/painted artworks. Thanks!

Cinq poemes de Baudelaire – Debussy sheet music is available online.

Debussy is considered “the” impressionist composer. Debussy himself rejected the term. Debussy wrote Cinq poemes de Baudelaire and Ariette Oubliees which were poems by Verlaine. These are art songs for voice and piano. Later La Mer for orchestra and famous piece Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune. If you listen to some of these you can get an idea of how music and art were following some of the same concepts. Piano piece Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque. Check out Ravel, Bolero and Scheherazade and Satie, Gymnopedies.

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