Peter Medhurst Study Day: Impressionism in Music and the Arts

Peter Medhurst Study Day: Impressionism in Music and the Arts

As the word ‘Impressionism’ was first used in painting as a term of abuse, so the first recorded use of the word in connection with music – in 1887 regarding Debussy’s Printemps - was derogatory as well. However, by 1905, the term was applied frequently to musical compositions and it was Debussy himself who maintained that music was able to put impressionist’s theories into practice more fully than painting was, since music could represent the play of light fluidly, where as painting could only present it statically, and therefore unnaturally. This study day examines some of the great works of Debussy (Preludes, L’apres midi d’un faun) as well as key works by Fauré and Ravel, side by side with the world of late 19th century French art (Monet, Degas, Renoir, Manet) to determine whether or not there is a link between impressionism in music and impressionism in art. Presented by Peter Medhurst with Jeremy Limb (piano) and the Classical Music Company. Patrons are advised that a cash bar will be available for drinks. Please bring your own lunch. The day will run from 10.30am – 4pm.

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06 April 2020



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Running time:

330 minutes

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