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Pictures at an Exhibition: What pictures would you turn into a piece?

Posted on 12 November 2018

We asked our audience to tell us what pictures or pieces of art they would like to see turned into a piece of music, why, and who they think would compose the piece well. They could choose any picture and any composer – past or present. Here are some of our favourite answers…

Canaletto: The Bucintoro Returning to the Molo on Ascension Day after the Ceremony of Wedding the Adriatic

“For the vibrancy of the entire scene and the detail in each section of the work. So many stories to tell. I would probably ask Sgambati to write it, or Einaudi if you wanted a modern twist. The folk music of Dvorak would make an interesting style too.”

Turner: Holy Island, Northumberland

“Something local like this Turner of Holy Island. It would be lovely to hear some sort of orchestral conversation between Northumbrian folk music and classical orchestral composition. We could dig Mendelssohn up and see if he would work with Kathryn Tickell on it!”

Anonymous: The Lakes

“We need a Lakes Suite! Each of the lakes has it’s own unique character. My choice would inevitably be Vaughan Williams, but maybe a bit of Wagner thrown in for the more dramatic bits!!

Hokusai: The Great Wave

“For the sounds of the sea!”

Salvador Dali: Christ of St John

“I would love this picture of Christ on the cross turned into a beautiful haunting full orchestral epic.”

You can hear Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on Friday 23 November, performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra here at Sage Gateshead.