In this lecture, Professor Wright teaches the students about musical Impressionism. While his discussion focuses on the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, he nonetheless draws examples from other composers, as well as painters and poets who worked with a similar aesthetic style during the same time period. The class concludes with a performance of Ravel's "Ondine" by guest pianist Naomi Woo. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction to Musical Impressionism 09:00 - Chapter 2. Debussy's Musical Responses to Mallarme's Poetry 27:00 - Chapter 3. La Cathedrale Engloutie -- Interactions between Impressionist Painters and Musicians 35:18 - Chapter 4. Ravel's Ondine: A Violin Performance by Naomi Woo
This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.