#3599: Music Inspired By Painters, Part 3

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Rothko Chapel Interior

For this third and final installment of our series of music inspired by painters and their paintings, listen to an hour of works after the painter, Mark Rothko (1903 -1970) and his paintings. Hear Morton Feldman’s powerfully communicative work, “Rothko Chapel,” which is a tribute for his American abstract expressionist painter-friend, and suggests a divine music, appropriate to the sombre spirituality of Rothko Chapel, which houses 14 Rothko canvases in Houston, Texas.  Listen to another such work that draws on the chapel’s contemplative sanctuary, “A Moment in the Rothko Chapel” from the violinist/vocalist/composer Caleb Burhans, who is a founding member of various performer collectives like Alarm Will Sound and Newspeak.  Plus, music from Joan LaBarbara, for her voice and bowed piano. 

PROGRAM #3599 Music inspired by painters, part 3 (First aired on 5/15/2014)  





Danny Holt, piano


Caleb Burhans: A Moment in the Rothko Chapel [10:23]

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UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, Philip Brett, director |
David Abel, viola; Karen Rosenak, celeste; William Winant, percussion

Feldman: Rothko Chapel, Why Patterns?

Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel [24:08]

New Albion 39
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Joan LaBarbara, with Gaylord Mowrey, bowed piano


Rothko, excerpt [15:50]

New World Records 80545