Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Music in the Midst of Conflict
A limousine pulls to the curb. A sharply dressed driver hops out, circles the car, opens the door, and a man dressed in torn, dirty clothes, unshaven, and in need of a shower steps out of the vehicle. Not at all what one expected.
These photos show music out of context. You generally expect to hear classical music in a concert hall, or maybe onstage outdoors…not performed before a barricade lined by soldiers.
There is an iconic photo of an anti-war protester putting a flower into the barrel of a National Guardsman’s rifle. To me, this is the musical equivalent.
The video below shows music written in the aftermath of WWI. After losing his right arm in the war, pianist Paul Wittgenstein commissioned Maurice Ravel to write a concerto for the left hand. Leon Fleisher plays a portion of the concerto below.