Friday, May 30, 2008

Johannes Brahms' Requiem

Concert Hall
This is a charcoal drawing of Johannes Brahms directing his "German Requiem," a piece that was loved the world over. I used a new technique with this than I've ever done--after drawing it in charcoal, I scanned it and added color digitally.

Blessed are They that Mourn
The lesser-known story of "German Requiem" is that Brahms composed it while mourning the death of his mother, and his friend and fellow composer Schumann. This may have lent the added depth of feeling about death to the symphony, which he later said he wished he had named the "Human Requiem" for its universal nature.

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