Painters and musical composers work in different mediums, but use a common creative language. A painting can be as full of rhythm as a rock song — and both can be composed in a harmonious or a discordant way. Music may be ‘colourful’ and — like notes on a piano — a paintbox has a ‘scale’ of tones.
For some people a musical sound reminds them of a colour — this sensation is called ‘synaesthetic’. In the 19th century, to prove that music could conjure up visual images, the Russian composer Mussorgsky wrote a piano piece called ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, in which the listener is conducted through a musical art gallery.
These images well illustrate the link between music and art. Students will be able to compare their experiences of pop or rock videos with the paintings seen here.
The shapes of musical instruments are aesthetically pleasing, sometimes even sculptural. While essentially functional, many of them are finely decorated. The unity of player and instrument in these pictures of music-making also has strong visual appeal.
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