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Impressionism - Dates

Late 1890s-Early 1900s

2

What can Impressionist pieces be described as?

Dream-like

3

Impressionist pieces can often use lots of....

Ornamentation

4

Impressionism - Tonality

Vague - implied by pedals
Modal (e.g. Dorian mode)

5

Impressionism - Scales used

Pentatonic
Whole tone
Chromatic

6

Impressionism - Harmony

Parallel harmonies
Dissonances
Added 7th/9th chords
Static harmony
Bare 5ths
Chromatic + modal progressions
Diminished chords

7

Impressionism - Rhythms/Tempo

Cross rhythms
Detailed approach to tempo
Triplets
Irregular, complex rhythms
Designed to sound almost non-metrical (changing time signatures)

8

Impressionism - Composers

Debussy
Ravel
Vaughan Williams

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Impressionism - key features

-Slow changing (static) harmony
-Parallel chords/harmony including 7th and 9th chords
-Whole tone & pentatonic scales
-Free structures
-Bare 5ths, chromatic & modal progressions
-Vague tonality implied by pedals
-Programmatic forms
-Unresolved dissonances
-Detailed approach to tonality, dynamics & tempo