It may appear to many lovers of both classical music and the visual arts that a gap exists between these disciplines though from an aesthetic point of view, they’re closely related. And of course, if you’re a fan of the arts, there’s a good probability that you’ll be a fan of ballet, poetry, literature and theatre as well as music and art. However in the once heavily German immigrant populated town that I live, music reigns supreme while other art forms struggle just to get attention. There even seems to be a condescending indifference to painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and areas of design by the dedicated concert goer.
However, the atmosphere in larger and more culturally enlightened cities is different, at least in the sense that different art forms are seen more as equals. For example, in Paris where fortunately beauty and fine art is by most standards ‘over the top’, a strong concert and classical music environment exists. It seems to reason from my experience that where visual art and design is valued, so are the performing arts. That where museums and galleries are prized, that classical music, opera and ballet enjoys a highly supportive and active environment but not necessarily the other way around.
Recently while I was browsing about the Musee d’Orsay website, I read about chamber concerts that were planned to take place in the museum after hours. It made a large impression on me because I was saddened and frustrated that I could not attend these events. Nevertheless, my understanding of art and music living in harmony within Paris, NYC, etc…was reenforced. And it also seems that the music world and the art world are making added efforts to bring these two disciplines ever closer together. In other words, where there’s cooperation, there’s prosperity.
I’m wondering what members of the Gramophone community have experienced, whether classical music lovers in the UK or otherwise have attended museum concerts or something similar?
Do you personally see where a love for fine art and classical music can share in the sunlight of the spirit? And finally, do you make aesthetic connections between certain art pieces and certain musical compositions?