Classical music and visual art painting, sculpture, design, and architecture echo each other in countless ways. Exploring these resonances can deepen our experience and understanding of both.
Listening to classical works through the lens of a particular piece of art can help us better know a style common to them both such as Baroque or Impressionism; can help illuminate the particular historical period in which they were created; and can even sharpen our grasp of shared artistic elements such as rhythm, color, texture, and form. There are also rich traditions of great artworks inspiring musical compositions and of sharing common narratives.
The Class Notes video In Tune: What Music Shares with Art is a short, vibrant tour of several of these art/music connections. It's designed to give teachers another way to introduce sometimes abstract musical concepts through the concrete visual observation of a different, but intriguingly related, kind of creativity.
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