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Music Inspired By Painters, Part 3

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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. 

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Nearly Sacred Choral Music

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Musica Sacra, the renowned New York-based chorus, performs music by Meredith Monk and the abbess Hildegard von Bingen.  Also, listen to excerpts from Morton Feldman's masterwork "Rothko Chapel," and "Atmospheres" by Gyorgy Ligeti.  Feldman’s powerfully communicative work, “Rothko Chapel,” is a tribute for his friend, the American abstract expressionist painter, Mark Rothko (1903 -1970), and suggests a divine music, appropriate to the sombre spirituality of Rothko’s chapel.  Ligeti’s "Atmospheres" for orchestra, with its tangled webs of dense texture and very slow changes, is a radical exploration of negation, and sometimes is called “stasis music.”

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