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
Music and Art: Carlos Chávez and Diego Rivera

Two of the greatest of Mexico’s artists, composer and pianist Carlos Chávez and painter and muralist Diego Rivera created a ballet on an unlikely subject: Caballos de vapor (Horsepower, or H.P.). The subject however, was close to both artists’ hearts: [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 9th, 2017
Composers and Their Poets: Edward MacDowell

The American composer and pianist Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) was one of the best-known American composers at the turn of the 20th century. He started studying piano early and by age 16, his mother had taken him to the Paris Conservatoire. [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 2nd, 2017