Below are examples of visual art (paintings, animation and computer graphics) that were created by each artist after listening to a specific piece, composer or genre of music.  Next to each example is a recording of the music that inspired it.

Listen to the music and look at the art.

Here are some questions to think about as you look and listen:  How does the music and art relate to one other?  Does the music “look” like the art?  How?  Does the art “sound” like the music?  Why?  How does each art example convey the:  mood, style and speed of the music and the sound of the instruments?

Example 1

Artist: Wassily Kandinsky
Painting: Impression III (1911)
Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Music: Three Piano Pieces Op. 11 (YouTube recording)

Example 2

Artist: Stuart Davis
Painting: Swing Landscape (1938)
Musician: Earl Hines
Music: GT Stomp (YouTube recording)

Example 3

Artist: John Christie (born 1945)
Painting: Homage to Ligeti/Organization and Chaos (1981)
Composer: György Ligeti
Music: San Francisco Polyphony (YouTube recording)

Example 4

Artist: Lord Frederic Leighton
Painting: Lieder Ohne Worte (Song without Words) (1861)
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Music: Song Without Words (YouTube recording)

Example 5

Artist: Piet Mondrian
Painting: Broadway Boogie Woogie
Musician: Tommy Dorsey
Music: Boogie Woogie (YouTube recording)

 Example 6

Artist: Georges Braque
Painting: Homage to JS Bach (1912)
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Music: Fugue from Sonata No. 1 in g minor for Solo Violin (YouTube recording)

Example 7

Artist: me, Sharon Roffman
Painting: C Major Scale
Musician: Sharon Roffman
Music: C Major Scale

Example 8

Artist: Stephen Malinowski
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Music: Concerto for oboe and violin, 2nd movement, BWC 1060R

Example 9

SYN-Phon – Graphical notation and composition by Candas Sisman

Barabás Lőrinc: Trumpet
Ölveti Mátyás: Cello
Candas Sisman: Electronics and Objects