Art & Music Collaboration
Presented at TAEA 2010
Holly Bess Kincaid, Art Educator & Mark Parker, Music Specialist
Together art and music joined forces to make connections through the history and story behind the piano compositions by Modest Mussorgsky after the death of his artist friend.
Artist: Victor Hartmann
Very few of Victor's pieces are known to still exist today yet they live on through the musical compositions of Mussorgsky.
Our student's were guided through the understanding of emotional responses to art and music. We connected to a PBS educational scientific study on responses to music.
Experimental Music offered great resources to inspire and get students to contemplate how they respond to art or music. Student's were surveyed and graphed their responses to art and music.
Art students created art responses while listening to music, studied other artist's from Russia, illustrated a popular Russian Folk tale, and were inspired to create their own vision of what Hartmann's art work may have looked like by listening to Mussorskys' music.
Pictures at an Exhibition
by: Anna Harwell Celenza
Illustrator: Joann E. Kitchel
Nonfiction book and music CD
For ages 5 to 10
Charlesbridge Publishing, 2003 ISBN: 978-1570914928
Modest Mussorgsky, the musician and composer is saddened because one of his dearest friends, Victor, who was an artist, has died suddenly. Modest feel that he should have done something to help him. Modest is thrown into the depths of despair and his friends are worried about him. Then one of Modest’s friends decides to exhibit poor Victor’s art and Modest comes up with the idea of writing a series of pieces of music which describe the paintings in musical terms. Surely such a collection would make a fitting tribute to his lost friend.
Modest sat at his piano and composed. He came up with pieces which described ten of the paintings and he also composed music which described the movement of a person going from picture to picture. Perhaps this was himself looking at the canvasses and remembering the life of his friend Victor. Thanks to the music people around the world can still know Victor's art even though very few of them still are known to be in existence.
The music CD which comes with the book includes the piano version of “Pictures at an Exhibition” and also an orchestrated version written by Maurice Ravel.
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