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TIME VERSUS SPACE: A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MUSIC AND THE VISUAL ARTS AS REVEALED IN PETR EBEN'S OKNA AND MARC CHAGALL'S JERUSALEM WINDOWS

by SWARTZ, PAULA Hunter

Abstract (Summary)
The independent, distinct qualities of music and those of the visual arts may work together to create a new type of aesthetic experience. Petr Eben (b 1929) composed Okna, a “translation” of Marc Chagall’s Jerusalem Windows. Both the musical sounds and visual images evoke cultural associations. The relationship of imagery to religious tradition and how it is made manifest in the composition, along with the colors in which they are presented, shed light on Eben’s compositional choices. The reactions of human subjects to the visual stimulus of Chagall’s art and the sonorities of Eben’s music are germane to this document. I explore the composer’s claim that this work provides a sonic interpretation of the visual realm, recapturing the beauty and power of the original. In this milieu, the independent, distinct qualities of music and those of the visual arts work together to create a new type of aesthetic experience.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:music trumpet

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Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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