News Archive 2009-2018

Young Composers Present Music Inspired by Art Archives

In a collaboration with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, ten young composers recently showcased original music inspired by works of art on display. In a concert at the museum, the composers—all summer students at the Bowdoin International Music Festival—presented pieces they have written during the festival, which began on June 23, and runs until August 4, 2018. They were inspired by a variety of artistic offerings, from 1200-year-old Assyrian reliefs, to the abstract, twentieth-century paintings of Richard Pousette-Dart, to the work of Winslow Homer.

This video features an excerpt from a piece composed by Hannah Lipton, who was born in 1992. It’s the first movement of her chamber piece, Amaranth Garden, which was inspired by Richard Pousette-Dart’s 1974 painting, Presence, Amaranth Garden #1.