Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fore-edge Paintings by Clare Brooksbank

Arion. Sammlung auserlesener Gesangstücke mit Begleitung des Pianoforte. Leipzig, Robert Crayen, (c. 1830). Two oblong octavo volumes, each with a wrap-around fore-edge painting by modern British artist Clare Brooksbank.

The set contains sheet music and lyrics for pianoforte gathered from a variety of composers, such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. The subject matter is reflected in the fore-edge paintings, which show interior views of a European opera house surmounted by a total of twelve portraits of great composers, including, in addition to Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Purcell, Handel, Schubert, Wagner, Chopin, Vivaldi, and Bach.

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