#95 Synesthesia

Scriabin so linked color to his music that he created a “light organ” to display colors that corresponded to different notes in his pieces. How does color and visual art affect composers and their music today?

Michael Torke: Bright Blue Music for Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Zinman
Ecstatic 092201
1:56, 9:09

Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel
California EAR Unit
New Albion 039

Jennifer Higdon: Short Stories for Saxophone Quartet, I & V
Ancia Saxophone Quartet
Naxos 8.559616
3:44, 5:19, 1:11

Dan Welcher: Light Coming on the Plains & Starlight Night from Prairie Light: 3
Texas Watercolors of Georgia O’Keefe
Honolulu Symphony Orchestra/Johanos
Naxos 8.559287
4:36, 4:50

Gunther Schuller: The Twittering Machine fr. Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati
Mercury 434329

Cindy McTee: Twittering Machine
North Texas Wind Symphony/Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Klavier 11070

Stephen Hartke: King of the Sun, I & IV
Dunsmuir Piano Quartet
New World Records 80461
2:16, 3:33

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