Paintings that inspired music…

Great Wave Off Kanagawa – Katsushika Hokusai 

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

One of the most recognisable pieces of Japanese art, Great Wave Off Kanagawa is part of a series of paintings focused on Japan’s Mt. Fuji. Inspiration for Claude Debussy’s iconic La Mer.

De sterrennacht (The Starry Night) – Vincent Van Gogh


Cafe Terrace At Night & Starry Night Over The Rhone are most famous Van Gogh paintings. Henri Dutilleux’s orchestral work Timbres, Espace, Movement is subtitled La Nuit Etoile (The Starry Night). Einojuhani Rautavaara wrote an opera on Van Gogh’s life – Vincent. Symphony No. 6, 1st movement is titled Starry Night.

Illustrations – Viktor Hartmann

 Illustrations of Viktor Hartmann

Inspired modest Mussorgsky’s magnificent Pictures At An Exhibition. Later, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel.


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