WEEK 7 - YOUR MOMENT OF MUSIC AND ART features 1 of the 19 paintings Wendell created for our 2014 performance/exhibition NIGHT MUSIC, held at the FROM WARSAW TO WINSTON-SALEM CHOPIN BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL. This was our first collaboration, with Pam recording all of the 19 Chopin Nocturnes and Wendell creating a painting for each nocturne. This week features Pam’s performance of Chopin Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9 No. 1 with Wendell’s painting of the same title (acrylic on canvas, 30” x 40”).
Wendell says: “For that project, I did a fair amount of reading about what colors are associated with what keys, according to a number of prominent synesthetes. I found that there really is no consensus, but I did use this as a guide to my choice of colors. In the case of Nocturne #1, I chose deep green for B-flat minor, the main key of the piece, and a rose/purple for the D-flat Major of the B section. I found that, for me, the music calls to mind certain shapes and types of movement. The haunting, almost improvisatory melody of the A section is represented by the looping, ribbon-like brushwork of the central section of the painting.
Pam says: “Our first collaboration showed us that I do not see like Wendell does, and he does not hear how I do – resulting in many lively conversations! But, this video certainly gives the sense of journey that I feel when I play this first nocturne of Chopin’s, so full of mystery, sadness and joy (no matter how fleeting).
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Until next week,
Pam and Wendell