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Art Meets Music: A Duet Between Visual Artists and Composers

Chagall at the Opera: A Listener’s Guide

Afternoon Course

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0149
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  1. OCT 7 Art Meets Music | Syllabus and Works

Clockwise: Marc Chagall's ceiling inside the Palais Garnier painted in 1964, Paris (Photo: David Stanley), Allegory of Music by Filippino Fiorentino, "The Sharp Family" by Johann Zoffany (NPG London), Frédéric Chopin by Delacroix

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Music and the visual arts have always walked hand-in-hand. For millennia, artists have obsessed about how to represent music’s invisible beauty, just as composers have sought to render art’s vibrant colors in pure sound.

Join popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin for a fascinating exploration into the intimate relationship between the visible and invisible arts, and how music can literally bind the arts together.

British-born Franklin has been a featured speaker for organizations including the Library of Congress and heard on NPR, exploring intersections among classical and jazz music, film scores, and the fine arts.

Session Information

Chagall at the Opera: A Listener’s Guide

Marc Chagall said “I wanted to represent, as in a mirror, a bunch of dreams, the creations of the actors and musicians; to keep in mind the colorful clothes of the audience stirring on the lower level. To sing like a bird, free of any theory and method. To render homage to the great composers of operas and ballets.” From the Paris Opéra Garnier to New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Chagall created utterly unique murals, sets, and costumes for opera houses and theaters worldwide that changed theatrical design forever. Franklin surveys the many composers he glorified and discusses how they inspired him.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

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