SOUND + SCULPTURE IV: A Lover’s Inferno and Francesca’s Tragic Aria

Doomed lovers Francesca and Paolo sing out from Dante’s second circle of Hell in this 4th installment of our Sound + Sculpture series. The cold, marble embrace of Pietro Canonica’s sculpture Abyss is matched with Francesca’s aria from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s opera Francesca da Rimini.  Look while you listen!


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SOUND + SCULPTURE: Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night and Contemporary South African Sculptor Ruhan Janse van Vuuren

Schoenberg’s dark orchestral love poem Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4, I sets the backdrop for Janse van Vuuren’s deconstructed human figures in this third installment of the Sound + Sculpture Series.


 

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SOUND + SCULPTURE: Handel and the Medici Fountain

Listen to the bright and vernal opening sinfonia of Acis and Galatea while taking in the mythical scene at the Medici Fountain in the Jardin du Luxembourg.


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Suffragette Sculptor: an American archival glance at Enid Yandell

The eve before Yandell’s Pallas Athena set sail overseas to America for the Nashville centennial, Enid hosted an opulent candle-lit dinner party in the torso of the statue, outside her studio in Paris’ Latin quarter. A sort of bon voyage feast of colossal proportions!


 

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Homeric Hymn 39 to Athena

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Pallas Athena sculpted by Carlo Sarrabezolles, 1925 Trocadéro Gardens, Paris

“I begin to sing of Pallas Athena, the glorious goddess, bright-eyed, inventive, unbending of heart, pure virgin, saviour of cities, courageous, Tritogeneia.”


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SOUND + SCULPTURE: Pärt and Rodin

 Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Gloria descends solemnly, in his 1990 work of “holy minimalism,” the Berliner Messe (or Berlin Mass) while sculptor Auguste Rodin’s Torso of a Centauress ascends.


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