Notes On Music
10:32 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Inspired By Painting

Classical music is often based on works of art. 

Sketch of theatre costumes for the ballet Trilby by Viktor Hartmann. One of a few paintings that were subject of his friend Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition.
Sketch of theatre costumes for the ballet Trilby by Viktor Hartmann. One of a few paintings that were subject of his friend Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition.
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Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is probably the best known example, but the list is extensive, and includes such as Gunther Schuller’s Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee, Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead, based on a painting by Arnold Böcklin, and Goyescas, by Enrique Granados, inspired by the paintings of Goya.

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