From Mozart to Monk – Murakami’s Killing Commendatore

In Haruki Murakami’s many novels, there are always a number of references that will appear: Cats, Ears, Hokkaido, Wells or Deep Holes, Jazz, Classical Music, and so on. In his latest novel, Killing Commendatore, we have music in the very [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 13th, 2019
Ukiyo-e and the Western Musical Imagination II

Katsushika Hokusai once wrote, “When I was 50 I had published a universe of designs, but all I have done before the age of 70 is not worth bothering with. At 75, I’ll have learned something of the pattern of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 7th, 2018
Ukiyo-e and the Western Musical Imagination

The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is best known as the author of a woodblock print series entitled “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.” That series contains probably the most iconic print image associated with Japan, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 30th, 2018
Composers and Their Poets: George Crumb

One of the most striking of George Crumb’s compositions is his 1970 song cycle Ancient Voices of Children. Based on fragments of poetry by Federico García Lorca, this work challenges the singer to extremes of vocalizations, set against an ensemble [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | October 15th, 2018
Making the Notes Sing and Dance

Steven Malinowski got frustrated at reading a complicated score and decided to animate it, and thus, the Music Animation Machine was born. Its first life was last century – way back in the mid-1970s… a time before personal computers, before [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | May 4th, 2018
Martin Luther and the Impact of the Reformation on Architecture, Art and Music

Five hundred years ago, on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther supposedly nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the doors of the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) in Wittenberg, railing against Catholic Church corruption (in particular against the ‘Sale of Indulgences’) dividing Christianity, and [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | November 12th, 2017
Alexander Calder: Hypermobility and Music

The current exhibition ‘Calder: Hypermobility’ at the Whitney Museum in New York City raises interesting questions about Alexander Calder’s art and its relationship to 20th century music. In his youth, Calder had shown not only an interest in art, but [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | August 14th, 2017
Music and Art: Cy Twombly

American painter Cy Twombly (1929-2011), a modernist with a strong calligraphic sense, moved from abstract art to ‘romantic symbolism.’ The titles of the works are the key to their interpretation – visually, you may be seeing shapes, forms, and words [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | August 6th, 2017