On Monday Bill McGlaughlin begins the first of a ten-part examination of the creative life of Gustav Mahler. Mahler was born into a humble Bohemian family, one of fourteen, though only seven survived infancy. Death was a constant companion for Mahler, shaping and haunting his inner life
Archive for July 1, 2013
Hear the work at 2:00 PM on Monday on WFMT. This quartet was not directly inspired by a painting, but was composed by a painter. Mikalojus Ciurlionis was a Lithuanian painter/composer who died in 1911.
After the death of his good friend Viktor Hartmann in 1873, Mussorgsky attended a retrospective of Hartmann’s art work and was inspired to write a 10 movement suite for piano. This has famously been orchestrated many times. It is the most famous, the Maurice Ravel orchestration, that we feature as our first art-inspired work in this “Art and Music Month” on WFMT.