Musical impressionism may have started in France with Claude Debussy, but it didn’t stay there. It showed up across Europe in countries from Spain to Finland, Italy to England. It even crossed the Atlantic. The first American impressionist composer was born in New York in 1884. Charles Tomlinson Griffes studied in Berlin, but he abandoned the German style of writing in his late 20s when he fell under the spell of impressionism.
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