It has long been recognised that the worlds of the visual and aural arts link with extraordinary power when one medium inspires the other. This special interest day, 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.
Peter Medhurst appears in the UK and abroad as a musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts. He studied singing and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Peter has presented at the Barbican and directed presentations at the Wallace Collection. His radio work includes Radio 3 In Tune, Radio 4 Arts Progamme and Midweek with Libby Purves.
Our Special Interest Day will Include (example timetable, subject to alteration):
10am – Registration and Refreshments
10.30 to 11.20 – After a brief introduction to the subject of ‘music inspired by paintings’ paintings are discussed that have produced direct musical responses in famous composers. For example, Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (1874) inspired by Hartman – various paintings displayed in an exhibition in St Petersburg (1874) and Botticelli with the music of Respighi
Coffee Break – 11.20
11.45 to 12.30 – The theme of music drawing inspiration from identifiable paintings continues including Italian frescoes and paintings music by Martinu and Liszt. The theme is reversed and before the lunch breaks and the subject of ‘paintings inspired by music’ is introduced. Peter Medhust plays some music on the piano and discusses the works of James Whistler.
Lunch 12.30 – Buffet Lunch Including Wine or Soft Drink
14.00 – The last session of the day explores the wealth of 19th and 20th century paintings that connect with specific musical works and musical genres including, Leighton and Mendelssohn, Kandinsky and Schoenberg, and Mondrian and Boogie
14.45 to 15.15 – Review of Day and Questions
Special Interest Days are intended to give members an in-depth look at some aspects of art and culture. No previous knowledge is needed. No need to take notes or join in discussions if you don’t want to – just enjoy listening to one of our expert and enthusiastic art historians on one of their specialist subjects!
Cost: £32 including refreshments and lunch