Shostakovich Inspired!3.30pm Theatr Brycheiniog | Brecon Theatre
Shostakovich String Quartet No 10 Opus 118 in A flat major
Shostakovich String Quartet No 11 Opus 122 in F minor
The Fitzwilliam String Quartet with music painter Maryleen Schiltkamp, and Peter Florence
In this exciting Music, Words and Live Art event, Maryleen will paint on canvas, live on stage in response to the Fitzwilliam String Quartet’s performance of Shostakovich’s 10th String Quartet. The quartet will also play Shostakovich’s 11th String Quartet and there will be readings from the composer’s diaries and memoirs by Peter Florence. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session and the opportunity to discuss Music Painting with Maryleen and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet’s relationship with Shostakovich.
A unique art form
Music painting is an exciting new performance art, combining live music with artistic creations on canvas. The live painting on stage will follow and literally illustrate the musical movement and shapes heard and the colour of sound producing a unique experience.
As part of the artist’s preparation, the musical score is studied in detail, and a ‘timeline’ of the music is created. From this timeline a visual score is created allowing the artist to rehearse simultaneously with the music, and to decide finally when to paint what – and where – on the final canvas, one might say ‘a choreography for the movements of the brush’.
For the live performance, these various preparations and studies are of course helpful but do not set the final work in stone. All that happens during performance itself is part of a moment, an instant. and as much as the artist aims to carry out her plan and to anticipate the gestures and movement, the final work always results from an experience based on musical and physical interactions, in what is an open form of art with improvisational elements.