Visually Inspired!

© Kenn Taylor

Introduction

Visual artists and composers each have their own media for making meaning in the world, but often a work in one art form can be the catalyst for a creation in another art form. Visually Inspired! explores the intimate connection between visual art and music found in works by Canadian composers Serge Garant, Steven Gellman, Melissa Hui, Pierre Mercure, and Alexander Brott.

The composers explain in their own words how these musical compositions were inspired by specific real or imaginary visual images. The listening and learning activities in Visually Inspired! guide students in exploring the elements and principles of design - colour, line, shape and texture – found in these catalyst images. They then examine the different strategies and techniques composers use to “translate”, respond to, and extend these elements in a musical medium. Students compose their own music and apply some of the principles introduced during this unit.

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