STUDY DAY: ‘Impressionism in Music and the Arts’


Saturday 21 July 11.00am – 3.30pm

Side by side with the world of late 19th century French art (Monet, Degas, Renoir, Manet), the study day examines key compositions by Debussy, Fauré and Ravel, to determine whether there is a link between impressionism in music and impressionism in art.

As the word ‘impressionism’ was first used in the world of painting as a term of abuse, so the first recorded use of the word in connection with music – Claude Debussy’s ‘Printemps’ 1887 – was derogatory as well.  However, by 1905, the term was applied increasingly to musical compositions, and it was Debussy himself who maintained that music was better able to put impressionist’s theories into practice than painting was able to do.  He argued that the accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities – so central to the impressionists’ ideals – was better represented through the motion and momentum of music, while painting could only present light statically, and therefore unnaturally2024 marks the 150th

This is the context for the latest in Peter Medhurst’s highly regarded Study Days. The pianist, Jeremy Limb, will once again provide musical illustration.

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Tickets £30.00 (to include tea or coffee from 10.30am)

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