Chopin, Delacroix & The Romantic Impulse

NOVEMBER 18, 2018
Sunday at 2 PM

Part of the series Sight & Sound

Berlioz’s Waverley Overture, Chopin’s Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”, and the artwork of Delacroix

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.

Delacroix, a contemporary of Berlioz, was passionate about music. In his later years he became close to Chopin and developed a fascination with Mozart. The romantic impulse embodied in their art can be seen through the prism of two radically different but equally innovative strategies depicting beauty and the sublime.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Delacroix, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue through January 6, 2019.


The Music: Berlioz’s Waverley Overture and Chopin’s Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”

The Artwork: Works by Delacroix

Program Detail

Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discusses the parallels between Berlioz’s Waverley Overture & Chopin’s Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” and the artwork of Delacroix, accompanied by musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now and on-screen artworks.
1 hr

20 min

Full performances
Hector Berlioz Waverley Overture
10 min

Frédéric Chopin Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”
Orion Weiss, piano
19 min

Audience Q&A
15 min

All timings are approximate. 

Sample the Music

Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris). The Abduction of Rebecca (detail), 1846. Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 32 1/4 in. (100.3 x 81.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1903 (03.30)

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