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Romantic vs Impressionist Music


This PowerPoint presentation contains a series of links to YouTube videos that contrast the works of Romantic composers with those of Impressionist composers.

This PowerPoint presentation contains a series of links to YouTube videos that contrast the works of Romantic composers with those of Impressionist composers.

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  • 1. Romantic Period vs.Impressionist Period
  • 2. The following slides contain a series of linksto YouTube video recordings of Romantic andImpressionist works in various musical genres (solo piano works, songs, chamber music, orchestral music, opera and ballet.) Listen to a minute or two of each Romantic work, followed with its Impressionist counterpart. By doing so, you will learn to recognize the differences in sound and other qualities between Romantic and Impressionist music.
  • 3. Piano MusicRomantic• Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat (Vladimir Horowitz)• Debussy: La Cathedrale Engloutie(“The Sunken Cathedral”)
  • 4. Piano MusicRomantic• Brahms Intermezzo in A Major• Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit - III. Scarbo (1909) (See next slide for a description of this work.)
  • 5. Piano MusicImpressionist• Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit - III. Scarbo (1909) This movement depicts the nighttime mischief of small fiend or goblin of some sort, making pirouettes, flitting in and out of the darkness, disappearing and suddenly reappearing. Its uneven flight, hitting and scratching against the panels of the bed, casting a growing shadow in the moonlight creates a nightmarish scene for the observer lying in his bed.
  • 6. Songs (German Lied/French Art Song)RomanticSchubert• An die Musik (Lieder)• Debussy: "Green"
  • 7. Songs (German Lied/French Art Song)Romantic• Schubert Ave Maria• Nebbie ("Fog" or "Mists")
  • 8. Chamber MusicRomantic• Johannes Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B Minor Impressionist• Maurice Ravel:• Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet & Strings
  • 9. Orchestral MusicRomantic• Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 - Scherzo• Claude Debussy: La Mer - 1st Movement (1905)
  • 10. Orchestral MusicRomantic• Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Finale (1906)• Charles Tomlinson Griffes: (American; 1884-1920) Poeme for Flute & Orchestra
  • 11. Piano Solo & OrchestraRomantic• Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in Bb for Piano Argerich, pianist (start at 1:31)Impressionist• Manuel De Falla (Spanish Composer)Nights in the Gardens of Spain
  • 12. OperaRomantic• Richard Wagner“Du bist der Lenz” from Die Walkure Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (Mes longs cheveux)
  • 13. Ballet MusicRomantic• Peter Illych Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Ballet)• Maurice Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe (Ballet)