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"Group of Seven" Musical Exhibition for Two Piano
Concert performance - December 6 th , 2023
Salle Bourgie, 1339 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1G2
Pianist Louise Bessette - http://www.louisebessette.com/english/
Pianist Corey Hamm - https://coreyhammpiano.com/
"Group of seven" musical exhibition
An original piece of art is a passionate creative work that reflects the soul of the artist and the soul of the buyer as well for choosing the art piece. To the viewer in today’s increasingly cultivated society, seeing works of visual art can stimulate interest, change, or suggest a new way of seeing things around us. It can trigger us to inquire about what we perceive, which helps our understanding of other realms as well.
In the early twentieth century, circumstances brought together several artists who were committed to exploring, through art, the unique character of the Canadian landscape. The Group of Seven was a group of Canadian landscape painters known for their large, brilliantly colored scenes of the Canadian wilderness.
Believing that a distinct Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature, the Group of Seven initiated the first major Canadian art movement. The original members of the group were Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, Frederick Varley.
Canada’s rugged wilderness needed to be recorded in a distinctive painting style; a style that would break from the European tradition and reflect an increasingly nationalistic sentiment. Today, these men are among Canada’s most famous artists. For many, their works have come to symbolize what is distinctly the Canadian identity.
I chose three paintings from each painter as inspiration to compose my seven-movement musical exhibition for two Pianos.
Audio visual recordings will be available after the December 6th, 2023, concert.