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The Art and Music synthesis: Does it exist?

January 12, 2016

This is an article posted by Shirley Kristen, who along with Neil William Holland( produced such a lively discussion in response to my post of the new Mark Rothko book written by his son Christopher Rothko.
I thought it made an interesting and very thorough follow on.

Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten)

Most musicians fully appreciate the extra-musical “programmatic” content in works by Romantic era composers. Robert Schumann, for example, captures children playing tag by throwing “got you” accents on the downbeats of measures framed in sprightly staccato. (short, detached articulations) The aforementioned is well-illustrated in Schumann’s colorful tableau, “Hasche-Mann”-“Blindman’s Bluff” from Kinderszenen: (The vocabulary of art naturally spills into descriptions of music and complements a visualization of children playing a derring-do game.)

Debussy’s La Mer, likewise suggests a pictorial representation of the sea, against the backdrop of the Impressionistic era that was represented by French artists, Renoir and Monet.

But while artistic metaphors like the above, may permeate music with subjective titles in the programmatic genre, the question arises whether a recent critique of Mark Rothko’s work by his son Christopher, claiming the painter’s abstract art is strikingly akin to Mozart in its Classical form, content and aesthetic, may…

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