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
The Landscape of The Provence Inspiration to Writers, Artists And Musicians

On a recent trip through the Provence in France, through fields of lavender, sunflowers, vineyards and olive trees, I was reminded of the importance of landscapes, and that of the Provence in particular, as inspiration for many artists, including Frédéric [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | July 15th, 2017
Take a ride on “Le Train Bleu”

Between 1886 and 2003, the Calais-Mediterranée Express shuttled wealthy, beautiful and famous passengers between Calais and the French Riviera. Because of its dark blue sleeping cars, it was colloquially known as “Le Train Bleu,” or simply the “Blue Train” in [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 25th, 2017
Henri Matisse and the Music of Color

Music was always part of Henri Matisse’s (1869-1954) life. He played the violin on a daily basis, reflecting the rigorous structure and precise technique which corresponded to his artistic methods. It also provided him with an escape and source of [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | June 11th, 2017