Brahms, Menzel & Klinger: The Canvas of Sound

Sun, Jan 29, 2017, 2 PM
Part of the series Sight & Sound

at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
in NYC

  • Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein draws parallels between music and the visual arts
  • Brahms' Symphony No. 3 & the artwork of Adolph Menzel and Max Klinger
  • A discussion of the works, a performance of Brahms, and your questions answered
  • Ticket includes museum admission

The Music & Artwork

The Music: Brahms’ Symphony No. 3
Critic Eduard Hanslick called this symphony “artistically the most nearly perfect” of Brahms’ works. The composer was profoundly interested in painting.

The Artwork: Works by Adolph Menzel and Max Klinger
Brahms admired in particular the works of these two contemporaries. The 3rd symphony invites an exploration of the connection between the visual and the musical in Brahms’ world.

The Artists

LEON BOTSTEIN, conductor

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Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Image: Adolph Menzel (German, 1815–1905). The Artist’s Sitting Room in Ritterstrasse (detail), 1851. Oil on cardboard, 12 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (32.1 x 27cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Nineteenth-Century, Modern and Contemporary Funds, Leonora Brenauer Bequest, in memory of her father, Joseph B. Brenauer, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, and Paul L. and Marlene A. Herring and John D. Herring Gift, 2009 (2009.64)

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