Institute for Visual Studies

Special Exhibit: Playing Pictures

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:00 AM - Fri, 4 Nov 2016 3:00 PM

Examples of graphic notation


Can you play a picture?

In the 1950s, composers including John Cage, Cathy Berberian and George Crumb felt increasingly restricted by both tradition and compositional standards. Inspired by visual sources such as calligraphy and comic books, they created a new American musical genre known as graphic notation. 

"Scores became more like maps of a sound world, charts for sonic navigation at a time when, for a sizable contingent of composers, melody was not mentioned and tune a distinctly taboo word."--Tom Phillips

This IVS Special Exhibition offers a range of scores that connect music and with visual arts.

PLAYING PICTURES:
GRAPHIC NOTATION IN THE 20TH CENTURY

Opening Reception
Tues., September 13th, 11AM-1PM

Exhibit Dates
September 13th- November 4th

Location
Institute for Visual Studies, Roop Hall 208

Graphic Notation titled
Click to listen to "Ornamentik,"
by Tom Phillips
 
 

Cathy Berberian performs her musical work for solo voice, "Stripsody"
 

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