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    so i'm looking for compositions that had a goal of creating a musical picture of a person, place, other object, as well as compositions that are based of pictures or portraits.

    this could be where the artist used a picture as a muse for a work or tried to paint the picture or portrait through the composition itself.

    http://abstract.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/970919/ this is a painting portrait, im looking for music that would try and do the same but musically instead of with visually.

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    There's an entire genre, called tone poems, that seem to be what you are describing. Also, incidental music. I couldn't give you any kind of comprehensive list, off the top of my head, if this is indeed what you are after, but you can look them up easily enough Debussy also did something sort of like what you seem to be asking.
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    I'll be Captain Obvious and bring up Musdorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

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    Isle of the Dead...



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    Erik Satie's Sports et Divertessements does just that. The left side of the page is a picture, and the right side of the page is a musical depiction of the picture, with a running commentary underneath it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brotagonist View Post
    There's an entire genre, called tone poems, that seem to be what you are describing. Also, incidental music. I couldn't give you any kind of comprehensive list, off the top of my head, if this is indeed what you are after, but you can look them up easily enough Debussy also did something sort of like what you seem to be asking.
    Alkan composed a few too. The Mad Woman By The Seashore can be heard as surf, if you force yourself to ignore the woman's plight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    Alkan composed a few too. The Mad Woman By The Seashore can be heard as surf, if you force yourself to ignore the woman's plight.
    That makes a powerful musical metaphor, one of the ravings of the madwoman and the roar of the surf becoming one.

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    Some examples; most of these works are on you-tube:

    Max Reger:"Böcklin Suite" for orchestra

    Hans Huber:"Böcklin-Sinfonie" for orchestra

    Carl Nielsen:"2.Symphony, 4 Temperaments" (the primitive paintings inspiring this symphony haven´t been identified, but it is a well-known painterly theme)

    Franz Liszt:"Totentanz" (on the fresco cycle at the Pisa Camposanto)

    Willem Mengelberg:"Rembrandt Improvisations" (specifications here, but in Dutch http://www.deraa.nl/Concerten/Archie...Rembrandt.html)

    Enrique Granados:"Goyescas", piano pieces (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goyescas)

    Serge Nigg:"Symphonie, Jerome Bosch" (http://brahms.ircam.fr/composers/composer/2401/)

    Bohuslav Martinu:"Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fre...ella_Francesca

    Ottorino Respighi:"Trittico Botticelliano" for orchestra

    John McCabe:"Chagall Windows" for orchestra

    Peter Maxwell Davies: "5 Klee Pictures" for Orchestra

    Giselher Klebe:"Die Zwitschermaschine", after Klee, for orchestra (a good piece)

    Sandor Veress:"Hommage a Paul Klee" for orchestra
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Isle of the Dead...

    I see your Isle of the Dead and raise you one Isle Joyeuse
    Heather W. Reichgott, piano
    http://heatherwreichgott.blogspot.com

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    There is one Incredibly Obvious example of music inspired by paintings. I've heard the music a million times, but I'm curious about the paintings. Does anyone know if images of the paintings are posted online somewhere?

    I could probably Google this and find it within 10 minutes or so, but a human posting here might provide some additional information or insight.

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    Not inspired by a particular work of art, but musical painting nonetheless: Beethoven's Pastoral symphony and Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

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    Hindemiths' Mathis der Maler has not been mentioned yet.

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    Just to reverse the question, it is also interesting when painters try to convey sounds or music in their art. Kandinsky tried to do that.

    Kandinsky.jpg

    I've heard it suggested that this "Improvisation with Cannons" somehow reflects Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spradlig View Post
    There is one Incredibly Obvious example of music inspired by paintings. I've heard the music a million times, but I'm curious about the paintings. Does anyone know if images of the paintings are posted online somewhere?

    I could probably Google this and find it within 10 minutes or so, but a human posting here might provide some additional information or insight.
    if you are thinking of the Mussorgsky set, I´ve seen various blogs etc. dealing with the subject. The Wikipedia article has some links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictures_at_an_Exhibition

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    Quote Originally Posted by spradlig View Post
    There is one Incredibly Obvious example of music inspired by paintings. I've heard the music a million times, but I'm curious about the paintings. Does anyone know if images of the paintings are posted online somewhere?

    I could probably Google this and find it within 10 minutes or so, but a human posting here might provide some additional information or insight.
    In this case Wiki has enough to be worth reading.
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