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Slovenská hudba, Vol. 45, No 1, p.47-82

Title: Inšpirácie francúzskym impresionizmom v slovenskej skladateľskej tvorbe prvej polovice 20. storočia
Author: Tabita Sara Elijaš


Inspirations of French Impressionism in Slovak Compositions of the First Half of the 20th Century
Slovak music of the first half of the 20th century existed in a very specific and quickly changing social-political atmosphere. This reality played a big part in what stimuli affected musical

composition. Besides the wish to create Slovak national music which would adhere to the local aesthetics and cultivate the Slovak national characteristics, we find that many composers chose to search for their means and inspirations outside their homeland borders. The study focuses on the reception of French impressionistic compositions on the territory of Slovakia and on Slovak compositions that were affected by it. In it we address specific moments when we find compositions of French impressionists in the Slovak cultural and musical life, or compositions inspired by impressionism. The work is divided into three chapters according to the period during which specific composers wrote music. We address the period from the beginning of the 20th century until 1918, the interwar period (1918–1939) and the 1940s. Besides stating historical facts about the time and composers, in each chapter we pay attention to analyses of specific compositions. The outcome of this study is the finding that French impressionism played a big part in the formation of the Slovak compositional style. We do not find authors we could consider to be impressionists, but we do find inspirations from impressionism episodically in the works of Slovak composers.

Year: 2019, Volume: 45, Issue: 1 Page From: 47, Page To: 82

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