The Landscape of Music
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Image Credit: Halleluja Chorus by A Musgrove
The Landscape of Music
Somerset artist Annie Musgrove is currently working on a series of paintings inspired by 12 movements from Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. “As a landscape artist, this is a completely new way of working for me. I am now painting the landscape of music. Listening to the music I work quickly to produce expressionistic abstract images based on the mood of the music. A coloured sketch of each movement is created in the 5 minutes or so it takes to play it. Then I play it again and again until I have captured my sense of the distinct feeling of the piece. Some of the movements are eerie and mournful, others joyous and uplifting. This is a truly inspirational and awakening arrangement of Handel’s Messiah commissioned by Quincy Jones.
Now that the roughs and sketches are completed, the work is being completed to be displayed at the performance of “Soulful Messiah”. Images from the works will also be used as projections during the performances. In May I am going to some of the rehearsals by the community choir and gospel choir to collect their thoughts and comments to add to the work.”
Soulful Messiah: A Celebration (featuring more recent orchestral arrangements by the late Steve Gray) is being performed at The Wiltshire Music Centre on June 17th at 5 pm and 8 pm. For more info and tickets please visit: www.classicaljazzgospel.com/soulful-messiah
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