VISUAL ARTWhat interests and strikes me the most when looking at this piece ishow it’s ahead of its time, (modern) the use of brightly painted boldshapes, and the use of patterns demonstrates this. Also its sense ofmovement can be represented by the different patterns and tones ofdifferent shapes placed randomly and the title of Swinging conveysthe painting’s sense of dynamic movement. I think this paintingreflects life because you never know what might happen and whatyou might face, and because everything in this painting is random itcomplements the painting. I think music that would fit this issomething that uses a wide range of rhythms and instruments,because it is quite a busy picture and there is a lot of flamboyantcolours but at the same time dark and gloomy colours which is why itshould have a whole range of rhythms and instruments because it israndom also it might also help reflect the modernity of the painting.Which why I have chosen a piece of music from the film “Bridge toTerabithia” soundtrack. It doesn’t have a particular name, it just partof the film called “All of Terabithia.” Here is where you can find it:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw12UoD5U3M&list=PL371B6E758D43D803 it is by Matt Nichols.
ABOUT MODEST MUSSORGSKYModest MussorgskyModest Petrovich Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, He was an innovator of Russian music in theromantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberatedefiance of the established conventions of Western music. Mussorgsky, was born in Karevo,south of Saint Petersburg, imperial Russia. Is family were wealthy and owned a lot of land. At theage of 6 he received piano lessons from his mother (piano instructor),At the age 10, he and his brother went to Saint Petersburg to study at the elite Peterschule (St. PetersSchool). While there, Modest studied the piano with the noted Anton Gerke. In 1852, the 12-year-old Mussorgsky published a piano piece titled "Porte-enseigne Polka" at his fathers expense. He’sparents had planned to move to Saint Pertersburg so that their two sons could carry out thefamily tradition of military service. After he had finished this he went onto cadet school of theguards at age 13. During this time, Music remained important to him, however. His skills as apianist made him in much demand by fellow-cadets; for them he would play dances interspersedwith his own improvisations. In 1856 Mussorgsky had successfully graduated from the CadetSchool. Following family tradition he received a commission with the Preobrazhensky Regiment,the foremost regiment of the Russian Imperial Guard.
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITIONSince the some of Viktor Hartmanns paintings have been lost, it is hard to tell whatinspired Mussorgsky! So I have chosen 2 of the paintings of pictures of an exhibition.One of Mussorgsky’s most famous work is called “Pictures at an Exhibition” was written asa group of pieces for piano in 1874. The pictures painted by Victor Hartman (a previousfriend of Mussorgsky) are mainly watercolours. The Music of which Mussorgsky hadcreated for ‘Pictures an Exhibition’ are created in the describing of Hartman’s painting.For example the piece ‘Great Gate of Kiev’ is companied ‘with big, long chords,describing the grandness of the gate.’ Another famous painting by Viktor Hartmannthat Mussorgsky created music for is called Tuileries.
GREAT GATE OF KIEVA competition was held to select the best design for agateway to be built in Kiev to honour the failedassassination of Czar Alexander II in 1866. Hartmannwon the competition. His entry showed a Moorish-looking structure topped with a cupola in the shape ofan old Russian battle helmet, with a small crowd ofpeople admiring the gate that dwarfs them.Pictures at an Exhibition rises to this grand and gloriousfinale that leaves the listener feeling as if they hadtravelled to Kiev and are now standing in front of thistragically non-existent gate.Victor Hartmanns design for The Great Gate of Kievcaused a sensation, and the architect himself felt itwas the finest work he had yet done. The cancellationof the project must have come as a blow.
TUILERIESThis movement comes from the painting “The Tuileries Gardens”. The gardens are locatedin Paris and like most of the paintings represented in this work this one was lost,however through Mussorgsky’s use of the “universal melody” and falling thirds you canimagine the children playing and taunting each other in the garden.SummaryTo summarise, Mussorgsky used his friends (Viktor Hartmann) art and architecture to compose hismusic, as a great observer of Hartmann’s work he would probably analyse every aspect of whatwas in the picture before composing for example:• If there were any characters, unless you could see there face/facial expressions you wouldn’t knowwhat they were thinking and feeling so you might want to use a variety of different chords tocreate different rhythms so it is easier to perceive of what is happening in the picture.
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION, RE-CREATED!Pictures of an exhibition originally composed by Modest Mussorgsky, has been re-created . Pictures at an Exhibition is an album by British progressive rock bandEmerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1971. As a live album and re-released in2001 as a remastered edition including both live and studio versions of ModestMussorgskys classical piece Pictures at an Exhibition. The original live albumwas recorded at Newcastle City Hall in North East England.
TATE TRACKSThe Tate Track which I listened to and felt was most descriptive of the painting in which it was madefor, was composed by Union of knives and the painting by Cy Twombly and called QuattroStagioni Autunno. The painting represents the four seasons. The fact that the piece started ofvery quietly and gradually built up emphasises the painting because the first bit might berepresenting the winter where it is quiet, cold and not majorly busy. Contrasting on the otherhand is the summer where everyone spends the time in the warm outdoors making it more busierand lively therefore would make the brush strokes and shapes exaggeratingly bigger. Not tomention the wider use of colours throughout the ‘summer’ area, this also supports the use of thefour seasons idea. Also the slowness of the music mirrors how nature will take its time and willform into a new season with time. Furthermore the up and down repetitive rhythms I think reflectthe un-patience of people wanting the weather to change from what it is currently to somethingthat is appropriate to them. To me this is how Cy Twombly painting and union of Knives musicrepresents the for seasons and the weather all together.