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We start with music, considered one of the most complex, abstract, and ephemeral art forms. Likewise, Music provides a powerful landscape to express meaning through other art forms like theater and visual art.
Also, to provide you with a multi-dimensional literary, visual, and aural experience, you’ll hear music related to the article in each of our review posts. In addition, we post visual art and embed music links associated with the article’s content. Markedly, two Degas works were selected for this page because they project movement and sound in addition to their visual sentience or meaning. Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet K581 The music you hear on this page is Wolfgang A. Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet K581 in A major (1789) performed by the Armida Quartet – Martin Funda (violin), Johanna Staemmler (violin), Teresa Schwamm (viola), Peter-Philipp Staemmler (violoncello), with clarinetist Sabine Meyer.
Mozart Performing at Schönbrunn Palace for Emperor Francis I and Maria Theresa by Eduard Ender 1869. Public Domain
The Quintet was written for the renowned Anton Stadler, the Royal Imperial Court Orchestra clarinetist in Vienna. Stadler subsequently performed it on December 22, 1789, in a concert to benefit musicians’ widows and orphans at the Tonkünstler Society. Moreover, it is thought that Mozart played the viola part in this performance.
Mozart composed this work during great financial stress and physical challenges for him and his wife, Constanze.
Consequently, its sublime beauty amidst a serene melancholy reflects an effervescent sunlit glow from the composer’s soul. Tragically, Mozart died just two years later at age 35. This superb Armida Quartet performance has received over a million views on YouTube.
The Arts Fulfill a Vital Human Need
As 19th Century composer Robert Schumann elegantly expressed, the arts fulfill a noble, vital human need. Thus, we attend, analyze, and experience art and challenge the integrity of the artist-creator. We strive to authentically explore a work’s meaning, design, and beauty and share our discoveries.
The Dance Class by Edgar Degas (1874). Expanding beyond its two-dimensional form, this work depicts movement and music. Ballet master Jules Perrot conducts the class of ballerinas set in a rehearsal room in the old Paris Opéra, which had recently burned to the ground. A poster for Rossini’s Guillaume Tell pays tribute to the singer Jean-Baptiste Faure, who commissioned the picture and lent it to the 1876 Impressionist exhibition—courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Artistic Mind and Soul
A world without music, dance, drama, film, literature, exploration, epicurean delights, or visual art is unimaginable. The creative soul discovers means to channel, create, express, touch, and enrich our world. Thereby, artists create masterpieces to share their artistic imagination in uniquely intimate settings and means.
Edgar Degas (1867). Ballerinas in Pink. Public Domain
When asked to review the Myths and Hymns series by MasterVoices in New York during COVID-19, I was impressed by the artistic team members developing the project. Indeed, these artists are luminaries in their respective disciplines. Then, when viewing and experiencing the first installment entitled “Flight,” my suspicions and weariness of online video communications were cast aside.
A Piece of Virtual Life
Consequently, I was immediately drawn into what aesthetic theorist and philosopher Susanne Langer describes as a “purely and completely experienced reality, a piece of virtual life.” My disbelief suspended itself proportionally to the work’s quality, integrity, and sincerity. During this time, I existed in the music’s virtual world while watching, listening, experiencing, and enjoying their artistic ethos of craft and dedication.
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