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


Teniswood-Harvey, A, The piano/fountain association: From Franz Liszt to Salvador Dali, Musical Culture in Sounds, Words and Images: Essays in honor of Zdravko Blazekovic, HOLLITZER Wissenschaftsverlag, A Baldassarre and T Markovic (ed), Wien, pp. 603-618. ISBN 978-3-99012-451-2 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Liszt, Salvador Dali, Titian, Griffes, Ravel
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Performing arts
Research Field:Performing arts not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Teniswood-Harvey, A (Dr Arabella Teniswood-Harvey)
ID Code:106604
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2016-02-16
Last Modified:2019-01-21

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