Looking and Listening: Conversations between Modern Art and Music invites the art and music lover to place these two realms of creative endeavor into an open dialog. Although the worlds of music and visual art often seem to take separate paths, they are usually parallel. Conductor and art connoisseur Brenda Leach takes unique pairings of well-known visual art works and musical compositions from the twentieth century to identify the shared sources of inspiration, as well as similarities in theme, style, and technique, to explore the historical and cultural influences on the great artists and composers in the twentieth century. Looking and Listening asks and answers: *What does jazz have in common with paintings by Stuart Davis and Piet Mondrian? *How did Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue affect the work of artist Arthur Dove? *How did painter Georgia O'Keeffe and composer Aaron Copland capture the spirit of a youthful America entering the twentieth century? *What did Kandinsky and Schoenberg share in their artistic visions?
Leach takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the lives of these artists, surveying many of the key movements in the twentieth century by comparing representative works from the modern masters of the visual arts and music. Leach's refreshing and innovation approach will interest those passionate about twentieth-century art and music and is ideal for any student or instructor, museum docent, or music programmer seeking to draw the lines of connection between these two art forms.
Brenda Lynne Leach, a conductor and music professor, has created many unique programs linking music and the visual arts for museums, orchestras, and universities.
Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Prelude Chapter 1: Stuart Davis and the Art of Jazz Chapter 2: Arthur Dove and George Gershwin: A Brush with Rhapsody in Blue Chapter 3: Romare Bearden and Visual Jazz Chapter 4: European Artists and American Jazz Chapter 5: Kandinsky and Schoenberg: On the Verge Part II: Interlude 1 Chapter 6: Dave Brubeck and His Reflections on Miro: Music and Art across Time Chapter 7: Paul Klee: The Music in the Art Chapter 8: Mark Rothko and Morton Feldman: Somewhere between Presence and Absence, Sound and Silence Chapter 9: Earle Brown and Alexander Calder: Who's in Control? Chapter 10: John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg: Life in Art - Art in Life Part III: Interlude 2 Chapter 11: Claude Debussy and Fin de Siecle Chapter 12: Cubism in Art and Music Chapter 13: Georgia O'Keeffe and American Modernist Composers: The Spirit of a New Century Chapter 14: Diego Rivera and Carlos Chavez: Voices of Mexico in Art and Music Chapter 15: Minimalism in Art and Music Postlude Glossary Works Cited About the Author