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Alison Young explains commonalities between music and art.
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Class Notes: What Music Shares with Art

Classical music and visual art — painting, sculpture, design, and architecture — echo each other in countless ways. Exploring these resonances can deepen our experience and understanding of both.

Listening to classical works through the lens of a particular piece of art can help us better know a style common to them both — such as Baroque or Impressionism; can help illuminate the particular historical period in which they were created; and can even sharpen our grasp of shared artistic elements — such as rhythm, color, texture, and form. There are also rich traditions of great artworks inspiring musical compositions and of sharing common narratives.

The Class Notes™ video In Tune: What Music Shares with Art is a short, vibrant tour of several of these art/music connections. It's designed to give teachers another way to introduce sometimes abstract musical concepts through the concrete visual observation of a different, but intriguingly related, kind of creativity.

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