Episode #3598

Music Inspired By Painters, Part 2

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Pit Scene, Lascaux Cave (© Hans Hinz / ARTOTHEK)

For this New Sounds, it’s the second in a three-part series of new music whose works have been inspired by painters, and sometimes specific paintings. Hear music from Tracy Silverman, his “Matisse: La Danse” with layers of electronic violin, along with the expansive “23 Constellations of Joao Miro” by Bobby Previte.  Then, there’s also music by Morton Subotnik, inspired by collage artist Max Ernst and music by Julia Wolfe, inspired by Dutch master, Vermeer.  Plus, a work by Daniel Lentz after the famous Palaeolithic cave paintings in Lascaux, in France, in the Dordogne region of southwestern France.  And more.

PROGRAM #3598 Music inspired by painters, part 2 (First aired on 5/14/2014)  





Paul Simon

Hearts and Bones

Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War, excerpt [1:00]

Sony Legacy / Sony Music - #93269
Available at 

Tracy Silverman

Between the Kiss and the Chaos

Matisse: La Danse [3:01]

Delos DE 3439

Bobby Previte

23 Constellations of Joao Miro

The Beautiful Bird Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers [2:42]
Women at the Border of a Lake Irradiated by the Passage of a Swan [2:06]

Tzadik Records 7072

Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne

Bang On A Can Live Volume 1

The Vermeer Room / Julia Wolfe [11:40]

Composers Recordings, Inc. CRI 628
Available at

Tracy Silverman

Between the Kiss and the Chaos

Van Gogh: The Starry Night [4:38]

See above.

Daniel Lentz

On the leopard altar

Lascaux [9:18]

Cold Blue CB0022

Tracy Silverman

Between the Kiss and the Chaos

Michelangelo: David, excerpt [1:00]

See above.

California E.A.R. Unit / Morton Subotnick


Morton Subotnick: The Key to Songs, excerpt [11:36]

New Albion NA012
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Comments [2]

Clara from Toronto

Composer and improviser Joel Garten's music is inspired by visual art, including Giorgio Morandi, Mondrian, Jackson Pollock and Richard Diebenkorn. He is also a painter himself. There is some of his music on his website

May. 22 2014 10:12 AM

Interesting! I doubt that I'm the first commenter to mention some other painter-inspired pop songs, but here goes:

"Meet James Ensor" by They Might Be Giants
"Vincent" by Don McLean
"Magritte" by John Cale (who also has numerous songs about literary figures and characters), the album "Songs for Drella" (w/Lou Reed), and
his cover of Jonathan Richman's immortal "Pablo Picasso"

May. 15 2014 08:13 AM

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