Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major Painting by Linda Naiman

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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic on Paper.

I painted a live symphonic performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major as it was being performed by Miha Pogacnik with the symphony orchestra.

Imagine being inside a 15th century Baroque church in Stanjel, (a medieval hamlet near the Mediterranean coast) with your easel set up on the marble steps leading to the alter of the Virgin Mary. Before you, in the nave, the audience is seated within the orchestra.

There must be close to 200 people all-together, and somewhere Slovenian national television is taping the event. We artists stand at the four corners of the nave, paper and paint ready; brushes in position. The energy of expectation is mounting. You feel an almost monumental sense of occasion, but you don't let it overwhelm you.

At the first sound of the violin, you hear the Question and feel the intensity of its passion and pain as that note runs all the way down your spine.

Riveted, you listen, and in your mind's eye, you search for the colours and shapes that correspond to the music. With the instructional phase complete, it's now time for the symphony to be played all the way through. Miha plays that violin like an impassioned 19th century Romantic, and one meter away from you, sit members of the orchestra and audience. You are surrounded by sound, and you feel the music in such a visceral way, you are aware of it in your blood and your bones.

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Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major

Linda Naiman



Size: 7 W x 5 H x 1 in

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