When I am alone and listen music or if I listed music with those very-very few who do not need my explanation what they are hearing then I very seldom do something else. Smoking cigars does not count.
One of the activities that I do enjoy sometime while I am listening is a deep-looking at paintings. It is not just looking at the paintings but I look with high resolution at fragments of paintings. Never phonographs - just paintings and mostly old paintings. I do not accept phonographs and I would like to feel that the Reality is synthetically created.
Computer are great for it – you can play a symphony and to dive into some kind little European museum. I do not do it frequently and only with not too powerful performances but what I do I like it a lot.
Sure, I have my own painters that go alone with certain music but there are also some works. There were many cased what I did not have right music for a painting that I like and then I composed it. There is however a work that in my view has very strong musicality within itself but as many years I been trying to associate in my mind if with music I am at complete loss.
The painting is the celebrated Bosch’s triptych”The Garden of Earthly Delights”.
The work clearly has “tune” but I never was able to catch it, neither to associate it with existing music I know nor to come up with my own. I sometimes think about music and about playback that would be able to be so self-encompassing. Some Scriabin preludes have some Bosch’s visions but Scriabin is small with eventually chamber voice. For years I felt that some of Mahler works might have own take but Mahler’s language is too conservative and too linearly-predictable.
Is any music you know might deal with Garden of Earthly Delights?
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche