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The piano/fountain association: From Franz Liszt to Salvador Dali

Teniswood-Harvey, A ORCID: 0000-0003-3202-371X 2018 , 'The piano/fountain association: From Franz Liszt to Salvador Dali', in A Baldassarre and T Markovic (eds.), Musical Culture in Sounds, Words and Images: Essays in honor of Zdravko Blazekovic , HOLLITZER Wissenschaftsverlag, Wien, pp. 603-618.

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Abstract

Abstract: By the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, virtuosity in pianocomposition rivaled, and was therefore well suited to evoking, the exuberance andtheatrical display of Italian fountains. This paper explores the ways in which FranzLiszt (1811-1886), Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) and Charles Griffes (1885-1920) convey the visual, kinetic, temporal and sonic qualities of fountains in their respectivecompositions "Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este" (1877), Jeux D'eau (1901) and "TheFountain of the Acqua Paola" (1916). Compositional devices first presented by Lisztare common to all three works, and become characteristics of this distinctive genreof' piano fountain music. Situating the works within the broader cultural and aesthetic context, the paper explores the trajectory of the piano/fountain associationfrom the golden era of Romantic pianism through to the mid-twentieth century.Taking an interdisciplinary approach it considers the above piano pieces and theirrelationship to the visual, along with artworks by Titian (c.1488-1576) and SalvadorDali (1904-1989) that depict the piano/fountain association. A significant shift in thetwentieth century in the symbolism of the piano/fountain association is noted.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Teniswood-Harvey, A
Keywords: Liszt, Salvador Dali, Titian, Griffes, Ravel
Publisher: HOLLITZER Wissenschaftsverlag
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Copyright 2018 HOLLITZER Verlag, Wien

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