We begin Week 9 of the new year with Chopin’s famous Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat Major, accompanied by Wendell’s painting of the same name (acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 ). As we head into the last week of February, we hope that you will enjoy this nostalgic music.
For this week Pam is
performing one of her favorite Chopin Nocturnes, #19 in E Minor.
Chopin wrote this nocturne while a teenager still living in Poland. However, it
was not published until after his death at age 39.
Wendell says “During
our NIGHT MUSIC collaboration in 2013 I did two paintings to accompany the 19th
Nocturne. I was not completely satisfied with the first one, so I did a 2nd
painting. Pam preferred the first painting, so I decided to keep it, whereas I
preferred the 2nd painting, which I titled ‘Nocturne 19 in #E Minor, Alternate
Take.’ I have decided to use both for this week’s video.”
Wendell ‘s comments
illustrate one of the challenges inherent in our collaborative process. We hope
you enjoy our Week 8 offering.
WEEK 7 – YOUR MOMENT OF MUSIC AND ART features 1 of the 19 paintings Wendell created for our 2014 performance/exhibition NIGHT MUSIC, held at the FROM WARSAW TO WINSTON-SALEM CHOPIN BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL. This was our first collaboration, with Pam recording all of the 19 Chopin Nocturnes and Wendell creating a painting for each nocturne
Wendell says: “For that project, I did a fair amount of reading about what colors are associated with what keys, according to a number of prominent synesthetes. I found that there really is no consensus, but I did use this as a guide to my choice of colors. In the case of Nocturne #1, I chose deep green for B-flat minor, the main key of the piece, and a rose/purple for the D-flat Major of the B section. I found that, for me, the music calls to mind certain shapes and types of movement. The haunting, almost improvisatory melody of the A section is represented by the looping, ribbon-like brushwork of the central section of the painting.
Pam says: “Our first collaboration showed us that I do not see like Wendell does, and he does not hear how I do – resulting in many lively conversations! But, this video certainly gives the sense of journey that I feel when I play this first nocturne of Chopin’s, so full of mystery, sadness and joy (no matter how fleeting).
We hope you will enjoy this. Please share with friends.
February has us continuing on with Chopin’s music. Pam has always associated this month with Chopin’s birthday, although there has always been a disagreement about his actual birth date – February 22 or March 1! Week 6 combines Chopin’s “Farewell Waltz” (the first Chopin piece that Pam fell in love with at 8-years old) with Wendell’s newly completed “October Tree Line #1” (24 x 24 acrylic on canvas). We hope you enjoy our continuing explorations combining music and art. You can see more at wendellmyers.com and pamelahowland.com