Diana in the Autumn Wind

Monday, July 7, 2014

Paul Klee (1879-1940)
Diana in the Autumn Wind (1934)

In the mid-1980s, inspired by the paintings of Paul Klee, Edison Denisov wrote three pieces for viola, double bass, percussion, and piano. One of those paintings is "Diana in the Autumn Wind", a soft cloth painting created fifty years earlier.

"Diana in the Autumn Wind" speaks of hardship, of a tragic and terrible web, but there are aspects that are very poetic and full of air. Simply put, this is a very soft, slightly greenish painted approximation of the curved silhouette of a very beautiful woman with my favorite part of the image—autumn, leaves flying in the wind. And the name of the painting—"Diana in the Autumn Wind"—is amazingly musical itself.

—Edison Denisov

Yellow Barn musicians perform Diana im Herbstwind on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
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