Forschungsarbeit: Musik nach Bildern

Musik nach Bildern

Reflexion über Tan Duns Death and Fire: Dialogue with Paul Klee for Orchestra

Studien zur Musikwissenschaft, volume 40

Hamburg , 134 pages

ISBN 978-3-8300-8861-5 (print)
ISBN 978-3-339-08861-1 (eBook)

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In the 19th century Franz Liszt composed the piano piece Lo Sposalizio (1839) to Raphael’s painting of the same name (1504). This special composition procedure can also be called “music based on paintings”.

Such “music based on paintings” – the incorporation of an artistic image into a musical work – is not unusual. According to Siglind Bruhn’s summary, Paul Klee’s pictures have in total inspired 76 composers and 209 musical works or movements. Of the 134 paintings that have been used for this propose, the painting Die Zwitscher-Maschine (1922) was the most frequently transformed one, with 19 compositions.

This study takes Tan Dun’s Death and Fire: Dialogue with Paul Klee as an example to discuss the theme “music based on paintings”. It is based on Tan Dun’s own and convincing analysis of Death and Fire. The author avoids analysing the movements chronologically and combines his analysis with a dispute with Klee. The result of this analysis shows that five key aspects overlap in the works of Tan Dun and of Paul Klee:

  • Tan Dun’s term economy with Klee’s term simplicity,
  • Tan Dun's noise music with Klee's term pictorial polyphony,
  • Tan Dun’s term Gesture with Klee’s term Gestalt,
  • Tan Dun's composition with Klee’s line drawing, and
  • Tan Dun’s J. S. Bach collage and Klee's interest in Bach's music.

Additionally, some postmodern compositional methods, such as J. S. Bach’s collage in Insert 7. J. S. Bach, the imitation of Chinese instruments and the introduction of accompanying rhythm by the Peking Opera will also be analysed and discussed.

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Dissertation: Die Zwitscher-Maschine von Paul Klee und ihre Vertonungen im geteilten Deutschland

Die Zwitscher-Maschine von Paul Klee und ihre Vertonungen im geteilten Deutschland

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Hamburg , ISBN 978-3-339-12020-5 (Print), ISBN 978-3-339-12021-2 (eBook)

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