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Paintings inspired by music and music inspired by paintings Peter Medhurst Wednesday 28 March 2018

It has long been recognized that the worlds of the visual and aural arts link with extraordinary power when one medium inspires the other. This lecture, which spans over 600 years of the arts, analyses and discusses a range of related works, bringing together the music of Martinu with the frescoes of Piero della Francesca, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus with Respighi’s Trittico botticelliano, Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead with Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem and Poet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie with the piano playing of Albert Ammons.

The study day is presented with digital images, video, recorded music and live examples sung and played at the piano.

Session one: After a brief introduction to the subject of ‘music inspired by paintings’, three paintings are discussed that have produced direct musical responses in famous composers.  

Session two: The theme of music drawing inspiration from identifiable paintings continues.

Session three: The last session explores the wealth of 19th and 20th century paintings that connect with specific musical works and musical genres.