Abstraction in Music & Art
MAY 19, 2019
Sunday at 2 PM
Part of the series Sight & Sound
Webern’s Six Pieces for Orchestra, the NY premiere of Feldman’s Orchestra, and the artwork of the Abstract Expressionists
In the hit series Sight & Sound, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. A discussion is accompanied by musical excerpts and on-screen artworks, then a full performance and audience Q&A.
Painters have often been inspired by music as the ultimate abstract art form. Musical abstraction started with the radical modernist Anton Webern, freeing the form from the conventions of late Romanticism. At the movement’s height, experimental composer Morton Feldman mirrored the painters and took his inspiration from abstract visual art.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from December 17, 2018.