recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist
Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel come to mind immediately when we think of impressionism in piano music. Isaac Albinez and Paul Dukas also composed in this style. Impressionistic music focuses on suggestion and atmosphere. It conveys more moods and emotions of the subject rather than a more concrete musical picture. In “The Girl With the Flaxen Hair” by Debussy, we get the impression made by seeing the girl, but we don’t get a clear tone “picture” of her. Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit” also gives an impression without the clear tone “picture” of the subject. If you haven’t tried this type of beautiful music, get a mixed collection of Impressionist composers, and check it out!
About the Author:
Barb has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.