Art and Music and have been historically, stylistically and culturally connected for centuries.
In this essay you will examine a piece of music in conjunction with a piece of art from the same period as we review the musical sounds and styles of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque periods and Romantic Opera. With each couple (art and music example) you will need to comment on the style and sound of the music (consider voices &/or instruments, harmony, rhythm, melody, texture) in relation to how the art compliments these elements through artistic depth, colors, balance, action, emotion. Approximate length 500-700 words. Try to do each pair in around 100 words each. Try to very concise in your answer and don’t stray into information that does not speak directly to the question. As you explain the style of each period, just use the examples to prove your thesis.
How do the art/music examples [all 5 pairs] connect with one another both aesthetically, stylistically and technically based upon their period?
The pieces of music are: Leonin “Alleluia” (CD I, #3); Josquin Desprez: “Ave Maria” (CD I, #6); Monteverdi “L’Orfeo — Tu se’ morta” (CD I, #9); Scarlatti “Sonata in C Sharp Minor, K. 247″ (CD I, #13); and Puccini “La Boheme” (CD 3, #1).
Look for the art on the following website by going to the Artists tab, last name alphabet letter, go to artist, then scroll down through paintings to the correct title. The art can be found on the website www.wga.hu
Given the following 5 pieces of music – match them to the Art examples based upon style, intensity of emotion, organizational balance, depth, connection with message &/or action.
Leonin “Alleluia” with the Virgin Enthroned with Angels [1290-95] by Cimabue, Italian, Medieval.
Josquin “Ave Maria” with Annunciation [1472-1475] by Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519; Early Renaissance Italian (see paintings to 1480).
Orfeo “Tu se’ morta” (1607) with Orpheus in the Underworld  by Brueghel, Jan the Elder, 1568-1625, Flemish, Mannerism (early Baroque), (see “Landscapes”).
Scarlatti “Sonata in C Sharp Minor” with A Scene in the Roman Campagna  by Jan Frans van Bloeman, 1662-1749, Flemish, Rococo (late Baroque).
Puccini “La Boheme” with The Kiss  by Franceso Hayez, 1791-1882, Italian, Romantic.