Musical compositions of the Impressionist era focused on harmony and instruments such as the organ and piano. As far as the artwork, Impressionist composers created songs with titles that centered around nature, which motivated the music to be soothing, relaxing such as their paintings. Such song titles were: "Reflections on the Water", "The Snow is Dancing" and "Sounds and perfumes swirl in the evening air". Below are some examples of songs.
This is a literature piece written by Joseph Conrad called, "Heart of Darkness". Here is an example of an artist of the Impressionism era and writing about the color surrounding him and the sensation of what was being felt in the moment. Its not very specific on great detail but rather in the moment of what was being felt and seen.
“I saw a face amongst the leaves on the level with my own, looking at me very fierce and steady; and then suddenly, as though a veil had been removed from my eyes, I made out, deep in the tangled gloom, naked breasts, arms, legs, glaring eyes – the bush was swarming with human limbs in movement, glistening, of bronze colour. The twigs shook, swayed, and rustled, the arrows flew out of them, and then the shutter came to.”(JOSEPH CONRAD)
Realism was the previous era of Impressionism which focused more on what the subject matter was in the artistry rather than how it was painted. The challenge with these two eras was the focus of detail (realism) and the feeling of moment (impressionism) In regards to musical composers, Realism was more real in describing the exact situation of something or a real life event as Impressionism dwelt on the surrounding and description of the area. Types of Realism music was composed of classical and real situations. Impressionism was composed of nature and exaggeration of feeling and emotion.
"Stars and Stripes Forever" by Sousa Band (1901) lyrics described the truth of the freedom in America. ( Hurrah for the flag of the free. May it wave as our standard forever. The gem of the land and the sea.The banner of the right. Let depots remember the day. When our fathers with mighty endeavor, Proclaimed as they marched to the fray, that by their might and by their right, it waves forever)