What is Impressionism in music?

Delius died 80 years ago this week. He was widely known as an 'Impressionist' composer but what does that mean exactly - and who were the others?

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Catherine Bott
marks the 80th anniversary of the death of the composer Frederick Delius by asking the question, 'What is Impressionism in music?' 

In addition to music by Delius himself and the expected 'Impressionist' composers - Debussy, Respighi and Ravel - there are impressionistic works by lesser known composers including one Ernest Fanelli, who may just be the father of Impressionism in music. Find out more about him here:

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