First, apologies to Carsten Wieland or any other German speakers…I hope I wrote my title correctly.
I’ve been doing a lot of piano practice lately, including a lovely transcription of Mozart’s well-known Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. You’re familiar with the music, even if you don’t know it. It’s a very popular chamber music piece and has been used in movies, television shows, and even commercials.
Yes, this is still an art blog, but music is an art, too, so just a few quick notes (no pun intended) about Mozart’s chamber music, and then we’ll move on.
Surprisingly, this piece — considered to be one of Mozart’s most popular works today — wasn’t published until forty years after his death. It was written in 1787, and after his death it was one of many pieces of music his wife sold. It had no actual title, but a note declared it to be “Eine kleine nachtmusik” — which according to Wikipedia means a little serenade, although “a little night music” is a more literal translation.
Recently I did a small painting that I’m calling “a little night art.” I wasn’t listening to Mozart at the time, but his famous night music certainly came to mind after I’d completed my little nocturne.
It’s always fun playing with colors — which is exactly what I’d been doing. This started as an exercise for practicing different keys — not in music, but in color. The assignment was to paint a low-key painting using darker values. I liked the dark skies and couldn’t resist adding a bit of moonlight.
Although I wiped away two other paintings from the exercise — a high-key and a middle-key study — I liked this little nocturne. It’s simple, but I like simple. I’m happy with this little night art.