In the performance (with help from THE PIANO), SAM discovers how to express his own feelings through the music. He ends with a passionate and heartfelt interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux, Op. 33, No. 7 in E-flat Major.
1. Listen to Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux and discuss these questions as a class. Have students document their thoughts.
2. Play Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux again, another piece from the performance, or a song of your choosing. Have students create their own visual interpretation or musical picture. Use paper and crayons or markers, or have students create a 3D collage using found materials.
Musicians are often inspired by visual images and the world around them as they write or play music. Similarly, many visual artists are inspired by music as they create works of art. Explore these artists and how music inspired their art.
Wassily Kandinsky believed that colors, lines and shapes affect our feelings and emotions in the same way that music can.
Bring Kandinsky’s Swinging to life with this musical game from The Tate Museum.
After WWII, Piet Mondrian was living in New York City and was inspired by the jazz music and ‘boogie-woogie’ style of dancing.
Learn more about Mondrian’s painting in this short audio guide from New York City’s MoMA.
Watch composer and pianist Jason Moran explain how he believes that Mondrian’s painting is actually a jazz music score.
Marc Chagall spent much of his time working with musicians and performers. In fact, his style came from years of creating sets and costumes for ballet and opera companies in Russian, Paris, and New York. His large-scale paintings, The Triumph of Music and The Source of Music, hang in the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera House.
See more of Chagall’s musically inspired works.