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Art and music travel through history as closer partners than many realize. Co-hosted by KC Beach and Izaac Morales, Notes & Strokes shines the spotlight on this oh so wonderful (and often hilarious) relationship. So grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, and join us on this ride across history as we explore the complementary notes between art and music!

Notes & Strokes Notes & Strokes

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Art and music travel through history as closer partners than many realize. Co-hosted by KC Beach and Izaac Morales, Notes & Strokes shines the spotlight on this oh so wonderful (and often hilarious) relationship. So grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, and join us on this ride across history as we explore the complementary notes between art and music!

    Ep. 46 - SinN: Hogarth in Stravinsky

    Ep. 46 - SinN: Hogarth in Stravinsky

    Since our last episode was a NinS installment, the most natural progression is to follow it with a SinN episode, and we've got a great one this week.
    Sometimes it takes time for art to inspire a composer, and this pairing was worth the two-century wait. In the mid-18th century, English painter William Hogarth created a series of 8 works entitled, A Rake's Progress; and not until the middle of the 20th century did Russian composer Igor Stravinsky write an opera inspired by that very series. We're very excited for this combination, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
     
    Art: 
    William Hogarth (1697-1764): A Rake's Progress (1732-34) 
    Music: 
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): The Rake's Progress (1951)
     
    Listen to the great selections from Stravinsky's opera in this week's Spotify playlist!
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 45 - NinS: Schumann in Khnopff

    Ep. 45 - NinS: Schumann in Khnopff

    It's been a while, but we're back with another installment of our Notes in Strokes (NinS) series! This time, the fantastic music of German romantic composer, Robert Schumann inspires a work of art by Belgian symbolist painter, Fernand Khnopff. Although they were not contemporaries, the two captured similar elements in their work, so there's no wonder that Schumann later inspired Khnopff. We're glad to be back with this dual series, and next week will feature the Strokes in Notes (SinN) companion!
     
    Art:
    Fernand Khnopff (1866-1907): Listening to Schumann (1883) 
     
    Music:
    Robert Schumann (1810-56): Fantasiestücke (1837)
     
    Listen to the selected music from Schumann's Fantasiestücke in this week's Spotify playlist!
     
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    • 40 min
    Ep. 44 - Frederick the Great

    Ep. 44 - Frederick the Great

    We've got a Great episode for everyone this week - a discussion of music and art surrounding the Prussian ruler, Frederick the Great (or Friedrich der Große, in the native tongue). While not as big a name as some other European rulers, Frederick the Great made a name for himself during his time, not only in his royal and military prowess, but also in art in music. A gifted flautist and flute composer himself, he supported the arts in so many ways, and we are excited to have an entire episode focused on him!
     
    Art: 
    Anton Graff (1736-1813): Friedrich der Große (1781/1786) 
    Adolph Menzel (1815-1905): Flute Concert with Frederick the Great in Sanssouci (1850-52) 
     
    Music:
    Johann Quantz (1697-1773): Selected Flute Sonatas 
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-88): Keyboard Sonata in F-Sharp Minor (1763) 
     
    Listen to this week's music in our Spotify playlist!
     
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    • 45 min
    Ep. 43 - Northern Renaissance and Renaissance Pt. 2

    Ep. 43 - Northern Renaissance and Renaissance Pt. 2

    "Et tu, Northern Renaissance?"
    "I mean, you all came up with the designation. Not me..."
    Sorry, Shakespeare, but you have so many good lines!
     
    After last week’s Appalachian interlude, we are rebirthing our Renaissance saga with a look at some Renaissance composers from across Europe and a dive into the Northern Renaissance of art! The Northern Renaissance stands as its own monolith of an artistic movement distinct from the Italian Renaissance; but how does it do so, and who were some important artists? KC's got you covered! Amidst her discussion, Izaac will interject a few works by notable Renaissance composers who contributed to the changing musical landscape in unique ways.
     
    Art:
    Robert Campin (active 1406-1444): Annunciation Triptych or Merode Altarpiece () 
    Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528): The Four Horsemen from the Apocalypse  (1497-1498) 
    Unknown: Unicorn is Found at the Fountain  (1495-1505) 
     
    Music: 
    Johannes Ockeghem (c.1420-1497): Missa Prolationum (late 15th centry) 
    Thomas Tallis (c.1505-85): Verily, Verily I Say unto You 
    Maddalena Casulana (c.1545-c.1590): "Morir non può il mio cuore" from Madrigals, Book 2 (1568) 
     
    Listen on this week's Spotify playlist to the music discussed in the episode!
     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 42 - Appalachia

    Ep. 42 - Appalachia

    Mountains, art, trees, moonshine, rivers, animals, 'coonskin caps, music - where can you find these things altogether? There may be more than way these topics connect, but this episode's unifier is the region of Appalachia! Endless beautiful art and music has emerged from this vast American landscape, so we're excited to trek into its artistic frontier. 
     
    Art:
    Unknown: Otter Effigy Pipe (100-400 CE) 
    Asher Brown Durand (1796-1886): Kindred Spirits (1849) 
    Patty Willis (1942): The Earth and the Sky (1942) 
     
    Music:
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Appalachian Spring (1944) 
    Mason Bates (b.1977): Rusty Air in Carolina (premiered 2006) 
     
    Listen to our Spotify playlist of the music discussed in this week's episode! 
     
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    • 59 min
    Ep. 41 - Renaissance

    Ep. 41 - Renaissance

    "Renaissance, Renaissance, wherefore art thou Renaissance?"
    "Because some people a couple centuries down the road decided to name me thus. Got a problem?"
    Shakespeare appropriation aside, welcome to this week's episode all about a game-changing era - the Renaissance! What happened during this era? Oh dear. Where do we begin? Joan of Arc, William Shakespeare, Printing Press, Constantinople - need we say more? Well, we're going to since those don't even touch our topics - art and music! 
    In this episode, KC will discuss the Italian Renaissance, and Izaac will discuss some musical genres and new compositional ideas. To round out the topic of the Renaissance, we will have another episode in a couple of weeks where KC will focus on the Northern Renaissance (a distinction made only in the art world), and Izaac will feature important composers of the era. So grab your lutes, and get ready for a whirlwind through the era of rebirth - the Renaissance!
     
    Art:
    Fra Angelico (1395-1455): The Annunciation (1445) 
    Michelangelo (1475-1564): Doni Tondo (1506-1508) 
    Raphael (1483-1520): The Sistine Madonna (1512-1513) 
     
    Music:
    Philippe de Vitry (1291-1361): Firmissime fidem teneamus
    John Dunstable (c.1390-1453): Credo
    Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613): Madonna, io ben vorrei
    Guillame du Fay (c.1395-1474): Missa "Se la face ay pale" (c.1450) 
    Palestrina (c.1525-1594): "Questo saranno" from Madrigals, Book I 
    Carlo Gesualdo: "Se la mia" from Madrigals, Book VI
     
    Listen to the music in this week's Spotify playlist!
     
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    Email us any time! notesandstrokespodcast@gmail.com 

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

stephenjtrygar ,

Truly wonderful and informative!

The Notes and Strokes podcast is so much fun to listen to! Hosts KC and Izaac offer a unique perspective on their respective industries while brilliantly marrying them together to show us that both music and visual art are forever influencing each other. The hosts also work very well together, making this podcast a lot of fun to listen to when I’m just trying to sit down and relax!

Katharine_G ,

Informative and Highly Entertaining!

Congrats to @notes_and_strokes for an amazing first episode! For someone who enjoys art and music and wants a closer look at both, this podcast is informative and highly entertaining! Hosts KC and Izaac are well-versed in their fields of expertise while making their knowledge accessible to all levels of listeners. Their passion for their subject matter and their genuine friendship is apparent and highly infectious. I can’t wait till the next episode!

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