The Influence of The Impressionist Era Impressionism, one of the later eras in classical music composition. An era where emotions are expressed vividly while still following musical structure, where music caused much political controversy, and where France became known for its musical talent. In this essay you will read of how impressionism set a lasting mark in musical and national histories, and how it influenced modern music as we know it. The Impressionist Era all started with Claude Debussy, being tired of the formed classical structure, and the romantic informality. Of all of the musicians who ever lived Debussy (1862-1918) was known for his originality and adventurous style.
They also had the Russian features which were simple folk-idioms in the melody and rhythm. His first opera “A Life for the Tsar” became a popular opera which was put on to open every opera season. His second opera “Russlan and Ludmilla” did not really get noticed much. He is said to have been too far ahead of his time in terms of his music. In his second opera he used whole tone scales which was a new harmonic idea.
Overall, Stravinsky has given major contributions to the history of music. He never seemed to start a composition with partial ideas, but always examined his works with a critical ear. He made bold experiments with harmony and used a wide knowledge of music of all kinds for his effects. This had neat results whenever time, meter, and dynamics were concerned. Stravinsky explored patterns of compound meters and broke down the tradition of symmetrical phrasing.
One day years before, when his father brought him to visit the courts, a duke heard him playing the organ and asked his father to train him in music. Handel’s father still wanted him to study law, but now young Handel started getting different ideas. After graduating, he traveled to Italy and studied music for a while. After learning what he could from Italian music, Handel left in search of a place where he could expand his music (Lang 106). He soon found England to be what he needed.
Occurring after the Classical Music Period and from 1825 to 1900, the Romantic Music Period was a flourishing time of new music, styles and composers. Some of the important and majorly influential composers were Beethoven’s late style, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and many others. Along with the others, these composers utilized the new emotional styles that had emerged with help from musicians such as Beethoven. Instead of creating all their music for patrons and the church, composers of the Romantic Era supported themselves with the money they made from pleasing common people. With new technical styles come new forms of music which became evident in the Romantic Period.
Debussy’s experiences in his early life, artistic inspirations, and his French heritage led him to be a successful Early Modernist composer. Claude Debussy was born on August 22, 1862 in St. Germain-en-Laye. His parents operated a small china shop and he later became the oldest of five children. At the age of 11, he began musical training at the Paris Conservatory. Debussy originally intended to become a pianist, but settled his focus on composing at the Conservatory.
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In 1664 Lully collaborated with Jean-Baptiste Molière and started composing comédies-ballets. He didn’t thing the French language was appropriate for large works but was good for ballets. Perrin, a French composer, introduced opera around this time and Lully thought it was absurd. However, when Perrin’s “Promone” succeeded, Lully changed his mind. Perrin ended up in prison over a money dispute and Lully bought the opera patent from him.
Regardless of his teachers protestations and fellow peers’ critiques, he experimented with different sounds in music. When listening to Debussy’s music, one can clearly tell that it belongs to Debussy because of his use of different harmonies, rhythms, the pentatonic and whole tone scale, and his instrumentation. Claude Debussy was born in Saint Germain en Laye, France on August 22nd, 1862 the oldest of five children. His father, Manuel-Achille Debussy, had dreams for his son to be a sailor. Those dreams were dashed aside when Claude-Achille took his first piano lessons.