Music Lecture Series
Five Centuries of European Art and Music: From the Renaissance to the Present Day
Victoria Martino with the Musica Pro Arte Ensemble
Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2012
All music lectures begin at 7:30 PM
Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room,
1008 Wall St., La Jolla
Series of five Concert/lectures: $85/10
Individual lectures: $19/24
"Every work of art is the child of its time and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated." (Kandinsky, "On the Spiritual in Art")
Many people have the notion that the developmental trajectories of music and the visual arts are unrelated. Yet exact analysis proves the contrary. Composers and artists of the same generation and born in the same region create works of structural and aesthetic affinity in response to their common physical and cultural environment. The process of comparing music with art leads inevitably to a deeper understanding and appreciation of a historical period.
The introductory installment in Victoria Martino's annual exploration of the interrelationship between music and the visual arts, this five-part lecture-concert series will take the audience on a fascinating journey through five centuries of European art and music, from the Renaissance to our time. Ms. Martino will reveal and examine the political, social and ideological factors that led to significant stylistic shifts and transformations, illuminating pivotal moments in the cultural development of Europe.
Each week, a PowerPoint lecture presentation of seminal art works representing the dominant schools and tendencies will be juxtaposed directly with a live musical performance. The first two lecture-concerts will feature Ms. Martino's original Baroque violin and her custom-built continuo pipe organ; the latter three programs will be performed on modern violin and piano.
May 1: The Renaissance
May 8: The Baroque
May 15: Enlightenment, Rococo and Neoclassicism
May 22: Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism
May 29: Fin de Siècle, Modernism, and Postmodernism
Ms. Martino plays an original Baroque violin (Michael Andreas Bartl) from 1760 and a (modernized) violin by Jakob Stainer from 1670. She also owns a customized hand-crafted continuo pipe organ by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders, constructed after a 17th century prototype.
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