Leaving the Port of Le Havre; Shipping. Eugene-Louis Boudin

Which piece of music do you think best reflects what you see in this painting?
Listen to the following pieces and use the “reply” section at the bottom of the page to tell us your opinions.

Eugene-Louis Boudin’s (1824-1898) Leaving the Port of Le Havre; Shipping (1883) anticipates Impressionism, but neither of the following musical compositions belongs to this movement. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) is primarily known as an early twentieth-century nationalist composer who promoted the development of Finnish art music, and Modest Musorgsky (1839-1881) was one of the leaders of the Russian nationalist movement. Listen to each composition while observing the details of Boudin’s painting. What aspects of the painting do you concentrate on during each piece of music? How is your understanding of the painting impacted by the two differing pieces of music?

Option 1: Sibelius, Karelia Suite Op. 11, third movement (Alla Marcia) (1893).

Performed by the Gothenburg Symphony and Leif Segerstam.

The Sibelius-Boudin pairing is bought to you by Corey Dash.

OR Option 2: Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition “Gnomus”, composed for piano in 1874; orchestrated by Maurice Ravel in 1922.

The Musorgsky-Boudin pairing is bought to you by Wade Goodwin.


2 thoughts on “Leaving the Port of Le Havre; Shipping. Eugene-Louis Boudin

  1. Charles Dolby says:

    Right away, my eyes are drawn to the center of the artwork. The lighter shades of color really contrast with the edges of the work. The first piece of music seems to correspond with this lighter theme. However, I feel the first musical piece fails to convey the darker parts of the artwork. This is where the second piece succeeds. The piece definitely has a darker tone to help convey the darker theme. Although the second piece has darker moments, it lacks lighter moments. Overall, I feel that each piece represents the artwork equally.

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