The Music is in the Art

The Theme Schindler's List

In choosing this music to paint,  the movie, Schindler’s List never played into the decision-making. I liked this music the first time I heard it. This artwork’s color style comes from the black and white movie.  Red is the only stand out color used on the one sharp, to represent the girl in the red coat.   The color gold, I learned its effects from past artworks and used to enrich the  blacks.  The small gray and black digital prints add interest and filled space. I accomplished what I wanted to with this artwork. It is a good portrait of a touching and enduring piece of classical violin music.

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Africa 2019

This artwork’s look comes from more than the usual amount of internet research, that included the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, African music, and African fashion. Like Toto, at the time of the music’s release, I have never been to Africa.  In fact “I’ve never been to Spain,” but I kinda like the popular African instrument, the Marimba, which work well with this artwork’s soundtrack. This artwork starts its build from the music of Toto. The top section theme is the night sky and the day with rain falling. The lower music color theme  is the Serengeti, along with mount Kilimanjaro.

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Will the Circle be unbroken

For me, this song stood out in the Ken Burns eight-part miniseries about Country Music.  A version of this music became an early Country Standard of The Carter Family.  Then later in the miniseries the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band released the song with the collaboration of early Bluegrass, and Country-Western legends, including Maybelle Carter.  One of my second life wishes, in which I defy the odds and not come back as a Chinese laborer but as a young weekend banjo player, would boost my skill as a musician,  and give many Saturday nights memories  and a better foot tap.

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Walking in Memphis

I have always liked this song.  One connection to this music is that I visited Memphis around the early nineties and toured Elvis’s home and the grounds.  After choosing this song I spent days doing research.  I read up on Beale Street and searched for images both new and old to include in the artwork. Beale Street was where the Memphis Blues style developed with the help of great musicians like Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, Albert King, B. B. King and other blues and jazz legends (Wikipedia).  To my surprise, they performed on a short two block stretch of blues clubs from 4th to 2nd street. How this song ends is the hook for me that inspired me to add  a little twist to the endings of my songs.

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Mozart K.265 Variation 5 - Twinkle Little Star

This artwork’s music comes from Version 5 of Mozart’s piano composition KV 265.  This music comprises twelve variations of a French Folk song and the music for the children’s song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  For this musical version of  Mozart’s “Dodici variazioni per pianoforte su Ah, vous dirais-je, Maman, KV 265” version five I had to add an ending. Yes I know this music comes from Mozart but this piece consists of twelve different versions that lead into each other.  I added strings and changed the ending of Version 5. And wow is the ending adorable.

(This audio is a sample of the artwork’s included sound system.)

Scott Von Holzen

My introduction and a short explanation about this arts meaning, purpose, and direction.