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?
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.