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Music and Art:  Impressionism

Thomas Cimarusti
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Course Description

Throughout music history, music and art have been often intertwined in ways that have created some of the greatest masterpieces in Western Music. How have composers used art as inspiration? And how did such composers transform musical language in order to musically replicate artistic styles? This course will focus primarily on impressionism as we not only discuss the paintings of Monet but also the musical language of Claude Debussy. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to listen to Debussy's “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and “Claire de lune” and examine “Monet's Sunrise”.

About the Instructor

  • Thomas M. Cimarusti, Ph.D., is a Professor of Music History at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has lectured at various campuses across the country including Florida State University, Utah Valley University, and Texas Tech University. With an interest in 18th and 19th-century music, Cimarusti has presented conference papers and has published on the topics of Mozart, Beethoven, Italian opera, and chamber music in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. His current research interest concerns the musical culture of the Koreshans, a Utopian group that settled in Estero, Florida in the late 19th century.