Art History Reports: Music and Museum Series French and Russian Style

During the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art concert, they had four paintings out on display while the quartet played music by Shostakovich, Maurice Ravel, and Borodin.  In between songs, the directors gave history lessons of what it was like to be an artist during a time of war.  Like the previous concert, they put art by Alfred Manessier on display.  The museum put this concert together to promote an upcoming show about the Parisian art made during World War 2.  Honestly, I was not as riveted as I was during the first concert.  I did love the playing of one of Ravel’s songs.  I loved the way the song started out soft, then gives off a menace, then flutters like a butterfly, then returns to its menacing tone, picks up speed, then ends smooth and silky.

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