piano exhibition

Thomas fact~

After hearing about how his mother had started her career by freelancing art and paintings, Thomas decided to start his own freelance job: composing piano pieces. 

He’ll sometimes ask Kris or Oliver to help him compose and play if it’s a particularly big task (such as the time he was hired to work on a full soundtrack for a game) but both always insist on Thomas taking most of the profit since it’s his career and they’re proud of him for working so hard. 

He’s also been requested multiple times to play the piano at art exhibitions that Kris’ art is showing at and he almost always gets tipped for his excellence. 

He eventually wants to expand into using more instruments than just piano, but for now he’s content with the grand piano in the ballroom and his extensive music editing software on his computer.

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Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (trans. Ravel)

One of the “pillars” of Romantic music has to be this work, which was originally a piano suite that has had multiple orchestrations. It has everything characteristic of the time: a big Russian sound, a programatic “journey” among an art gallery, memorable melodies, difficult to perform, and a great audience pleaser. Mussorgsky was inspired by his own walk about an art exhibit, a posthumous exhibit for the art of his friend Viktor Hartmann. Mussorgsky encapsulated the spirit of his friend’s art through music, and it has since become his most well known work. Each movement is a different painting, followed by a variation of the opening “promenade” theme, as if the listener were walking from painting to painting, taking a moment at each one to appreciate the work. This is Ravel’s orchestration, which is probably the most often performed version of all the other orchestrations out there. Ravel injects an interesting “French” style of coloring into the folksy “Russian” music of decades prior, and his ear for orchestration bright interesting shades to the music.

Movements [Before each movement, except the last, is an interlude that is a different variation on the first theme]:

1. The Gnome

2. The Old Castle

3. Tuileries

4. Cattle

5. The Ballet of Unhatched Chicks in their Shells

6. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle

7. The Market at Limoges

8. Catacombs

9. Baba Yaga

10. The Great Gate of Kiev

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fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
words: 10k
rating: mature
relationships: James “Bucky” Barnes/Steve Rogers
characters: Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Sam Wilson
tags: Alternate Universe, Thanksgiving Dinner, Tooth-Rotting Fluff, Bucky Barnes Needs a Hug, Protective Steve Rogers, Domestic Fluff, Like Literal Fluff, as in sweet potato casserole, and mashed potatoes, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Bucky plays the piano, Steve has an Apple Watch, I Don’t Even Know, i tried okay, I don’t even go to this school

The new next-door neighbor is turning Steve’s tidy, well-organized life upside down with his chaotic sleep schedule and all-night musical performances. But maybe Steve doesn’t really mind if things get a little bit messy?

In which Bucky Barnes exhibits piano-playing and invisible-rat-chasing behavior, followed by literal (marshmallow) fluff in the form of a Very Avengers Thanksgiving.

of all the things I could do with my one wild and precious life I most certainly did not spent yesterday and today writing 10k of shameless literal Stucky fluff & posting it unbetaed for @bettydays good heavens to betsy no

Today marks the first anniversary of our new home in the Meatpacking District. What an exciting year it was—from opening festivities to Open Plan (and everything in between!).

This year there is even more to look forward to, including the first Biennial at the new building. What are you most excited about? 

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Architect Renzo Piano designed the Whitney’s future home, which will open to the public in 2015. In this Whitney Stories video, Piano articulates the philosophy behind the building’s design and describes the experiences envisioned for its spaces—from its expansive galleries to its city-facing terraces.