Claude Monet (1840–1926)

Artists had new and often brighter colors to work with. In 1874, Monet displayed a painting titled Impression: Sunrise in an exhibition with a fellow group of artists. Critics were outraged at this new style that looked unfinished and quickly termed it “Impressionism,” after the title of Monet’s painting. Born in Paris, Monet grew up... Read More

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Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)

Ravel was a French composer who lived at the same time as Debussy. He used many of the same techniques as his countryman. His music reflects an interest in the exotic, jazz style of Wagner and Russian music. Ravel wrote music that portrayed ideas more than images. His composition “La Valse” (“The Waltz”) represented Ravel’s... Read More

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Claude Debussy (1862–1918)

The music of Debussy mirrors the visual art of France during his lifetime. Just as French painters were trying to capture the effects of light on subjects, Debussy tried to create music that represented visual images and emotions. Once again, opera, solo vocal, orchestra, and piano pieces were changed by new ideas and compositional techniques.... Read More

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Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (1850–1920) Impressionism was primarily a visual art movement begun by a group of artists in France who started exhibiting their work in the 1860s. The Impressionist style shows the effects of light and atmospheric conditions in artworks that spontaneously capture a moment of time. Music was the only other art form that most... Read More

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Louis XIV – The Sun King

The video from KET’s “Louis XIV: The Sun King.” This is the small section we watched in class.

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Arlequin

Louis Cahuzac was a composer and French clarinetist known for his full and robust tone, a quality not associated with French style playing.

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Luis Cahuzac

(b Quarante, 12 July 1880; d Luchon, 9 Aug 1960). French clarinettist. He studied with Cyrille Rose at the Paris Conservatoire, winning a premier prix in 1899.

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