Artwork as Theme

Improvisation no.III, Wassily Kandinsky, 1911

Improvisation no.III,
Wassily Kandinsky, 1911

Most certainly since the Romantics began to compose programmatic music, there has been a close tie between visual art and music. Perhaps the most famous example is the set of piano pieces Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky. It only follows then that organists would then be asked or inspired to improvise music based upon a painting.


Recordings:

Edoardo Bellotti
Promenade: a Musical Procession Through Paintings

Videos:
Jean-Baptiste Dupont – improvisation on the paintings of M.K.Churlionis
Vidas Pinkevicius – Painting: Pieta
Vidas Pinkevicius – Painting: Sleeping Beauty

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