Saturday, June 04, 2005

Art Music


Dire Straits - In the Gallery
Robyn Hitchcock - DeChirico Street (a personal favorite)
David Bowie - Andy Warhol
Talking Heads - Artists Only
They Might Be Giants - Meet James Ensor (another personal favorite)
Paul Weller - The Strange Museum
Rickie Lee Jones - The Unsigned Painting
The Jam - Art School and Pop Art Poem
Modern Lovers - Pablo Picasso (a little risky)
Don McLean's Starry, Starry Night

And then there are the operas:
Hindemith's whole opera on "Mathis der Mahler" (the German 16thC. artist Mathias Grunewald) Cavarodossi (Puccini's "Tosca") was a painter - his 1st Act big aria "Recondita Armonia" is sung while he is painting a portrait of the Virgin.

Marcello (Puccini's "La Boheme") is also an (unsuccessful!) painter - working on his "Crossing of the Red Sea" and the drowning of a Pharoh.

Tamino (Mozart's "Magic Flute") sings his big Act 1 aria "Dies Blidnis ist bezaubernd schoen" (O loveliness beyond compare) to a beautiful miniature portrait given to him by the Three Ladies and which he then carries around with him.

There's also a portrait of Antonia's mother which switches back and forth from a painting to her ghost in the Antonia Act of Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffmann").

Feel free to pile on. Or more to the point, which ones did I miss?

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