Impressionistic Compositions

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Boulanger, Lili (1893-1918)

No. 2, D'un Jardin Clair, from Trois Morceaux Pour Piano (1914) - NON-PD

Topics: Ternary form

Sheet Music: Copyright: 1979, G Schirmer Inc.


Audio: YouTube


Les Sirenes (1918)

For 3-part chorus of mixed voices, soprano solo, piano accompaniment

Topics: Ternary form, whole tone scale, pentatonic scale

Sheet Music: Boulanger-Les Sirenes; Paris: Société Anonyme des Éditions Ricordi, 1918.
Copyright: Public Domain.

Audio: YouTube; Performed by: Chorus: Philharmonia Chor Stuttgart Soloist: Helene Schneiderman, mezzo-soprano Pianist: Émile Naoumoff



Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel (1875-1912)

Forest Scenes: 1. The Lone Forest Maiden, Op. 66 No. 1 (1907)

Topics: extended tertian harmony, Aug 6, Ternary form

Sheet Music: Forest Scenes, 1. The Lone Forest Maiden
Publisher: Augener, 1915. Plate 13552
Copyright: Public Domain

Audio: YouTube


Forest Scenes: 4. Erstwhile They Ride, The Forest Maiden Acknowledges Her Love, Op. 66 No. 4 (1907)


Debussy, Claude (1862-1918)

Clair de Lune, No. 3 of Suite bergamasque (1890-1905)

Analysis: A complete analysis can be found here.

Topics: Ternary form

Sheet music: Debussy-Clair de Lune; Publisher Info.-Paris: E. Fromont, 1905.
Copyright: Public Domain

Audio: Youtube; Artist- Moura Lympany; Album- Debussy: Suite bergamasque, CD 82, L. 75: III. Clair de lune
Licensed to YouTube by
WMG (on behalf of PLG UK Classics); LatinAutorPerf, Sony Music Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing, Public Domain Compositions, Reservoir Media (Publishing), and 10 Music Rights Societies

Pour le Piano, No. 2, Sarabande (1894-1901)


Faure, Gabriel (1845-1924)

Apres un Reve, No 1 of Three songs, Op 7. (1870-1877)

Topics: Modified strophic, extended tertian

Sheet Music: Faure-Apres Un Reve
Copyright – Creative Commons License Attribution 3.0 Unported edited by YOKOYAMA Shin-Itchiro

Lyrics: Oxford Lieder


Audio: YouTube, performed by Kiri Te Kanawa


Les roses d’isaphan, No. 4 from 4 Melodies pour une voix Op 39 (1884)

Topics: Ternary form

Sheet Music: Faure-Les roses d’isaphan; J. Hamelle, 1885
Copyright – Public Domain

Lyrics: Oxford Lieder


Audio: YouTube

Performers: Kathleen Battle


Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)

Le tombeau de Couperin, No. 4, Rigaudon (1914-1917)

Topics: Ternary form

Sheet Music: Ravel-Rigaudon; Durand & Cie.
Copyright: Public Domain

Audio: YouTube


Le tombeau de Couperin, No. 5, Menuet (1914-1917)

Topics: Ternary form

Sheet Music: Ravel Menuet; Durand & Cie.
Reprinted: Mineola: Dover Publications, 1997.
Copyright: Public Domain

Audio: YouTube


Pavane pour une infante Defunte (1899)

Topics: Rondo form

Sheet Music: Ravel-Pavane; Mainz: B. Schott’s Söhne, 1924.
Copyright: Public Domain

Audio: YouTube


String Quartet in F Major, Mvt 1: Allegro Moderato (1902-1903)

Topics: Sonata form

Sheet Music: Ravel-String Quartet in F Mvt1; Paris: G. Astruc, n.d.[1905]. Reissue – Paris: Durand, 1910. Reprinted: Mineola: Dover Publications, 1987.  Copyright: Public Domain

Audio: YouTube, Tacet Musikproduktion