Drawing, Study 140, "The Magic Fire-Scene," from Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Though not a musician, architectural sculptor John De Cesare spent his late career creating graphic representations of musical scores. In these vivid drawings, geometric forms vary in width to indicate the duration of notes, and vertical position to show pitch. He used color to clarify each line of music, alternating colors in chords to differentiate them from individual notes.
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Drawing, Study 140, "The Magic Fire-Scene," from Die Walküre by Richard Wagner; USA; color pencil, graphite on cream wove paper; 1982-25-61
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.