Wednesday, June 16, 2004


Various people have been picking up on the Keeping Score website, which is based around the the San Francisco Symphony's performance of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony, and it's an awesome website, indeed.

In the "Match the Music" section, I associated (some of these feel a bit embarassingly obvious, sorry):

-Klimt's "The Kiss" with Schoenberg's "Transfigured Night," although Bartok's "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta" could have fit, with its slightly exotic feel (I thought about putting it with Berteaux's "Selim III," but the sultan seems rather too relaxed and Bartok rather too busy).

-Kandinksy's "Contrasting Sounds" with Berg's "3 Orchestral Pieces."

-Davis's "Hot Still-Scape for Six Colors - 7th Avenue Style" with Copland's "Music for the Theater": both have a joyous hustle'n'bustle about them.

-Chagall's "The Wedding" with Mahler's "Symphony No. 1".

-Vermeer's "Girl With a Pearl Earring" with Ravel's "Valses nobles et sentimentales," mainly because the background figures at the beginning of the sample seem to imply that things aren't quite what they seem and points to much more below the surface of the melody.

-Munch's "The Scream" with Brahms's "Violin Concerto" because the latter has the sweetest melody, which the character in the painting is attempting to escape from.

-Monet's "Impression: Soleil levant" with Debussy's "La Mer." Simple-minded, I know.

-Raphael's "The Small Cowper Madonna" with Mozart's "C Minor Mass."

Despite being more linear, Mozart's "Abduction from the Seraglio could almost fit the Kandinsky and Davis paintings. I could find any matches among the four remaining paintings/music samples.

What's your take?