The Old Castle depicts a medieval tower that Hartmann painted during his trip to Europe. It is also said to have been a composition centered on one note. It is one of the longest movements – full of mournful sentiment.
Sophie Glikson-Cahen, Friendship, Mixed Media, 20 x 24
In creating this painting, Friendship, I was inspired by Mussorgsky's act of creating, Pictures at an Exhibition, in grief and remembrance following the death of his artist friend. While listening to pianist Yelena Beriyeva play the piece, I learned that the second movement, The Old Castle, was composed around one note. This struck me as a creative act of genius. This appealed to my interest in life's beauty and depth, which can be expressed by a minimal action, such as one gesture, one sound, or one note. Finally, this mixed media piece incorporated the pistils of lilies from a fragrant bouquet generously offered by a dear friend. This is a tribute to the importance of friendship.
Miranda Vitello, The Old Castle, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 24
While listening to the movement, The Old Castle, I thought of a past visit to Prague, where an old castle sits high above the city.
Lisa L. Sears, The Old Castle, Original Hand-processed Black and White Photograph, Acrylic, Marker, Pen and Ink, 8 x 10
Lisa L. Sears
The Old Castle
The somber tone and persistent rhythm of this musical piece are reflected in this small photograph. The color hints at the structure's faded grandeur and the liveliness of its long-departed inhabitants. Like the open pace of the music, glints of sky, fog or dust are visible through the empty windows and cracks in the structure. The building is still proud and beautiful but also forlorn and forgotten.
Heather Adels, Sherpa, Acrylic Paint on Panel, 8 x 8
The Old Castle has a slow and cold feeling, but also comforting, and familiar. I feel an experienced helper aiding the journey.
Heartbeat of Hooves,
Acrylic, 12 x 36
I liked listening to The Old Castle because of the single, continuous note that seemed to permeate through the entire piece like a heartbeat. It made me think of beautiful wild horses, and how their heartbeats increase as their hooves move forward. I had this vision in my mind of a city skyline underneath the feet of the horses. The buildings expand as the horses move, just as civilization is constantly expanding. However, they are horses running into space, or the unknown. The heartbeats of the horses and the skyline that parallels them could continue on into eternity or cease to exist at any time.
Lori Manfra, The Fall , Mosaic, 12 x 9
Using mixed materials to bring a variety of textures and depth. The stone represents both the strength, as well as the deterioration of age. This balanced against the glass which is both beautiful yet fragile.