27 Sep 2015

Chagall and Music

From The Sunday Feature, 9:00 am on 27 September 2015
Stain glassed window designed by Chagall

Stain glassed window designed by Chagall at the Art Institute of Chicago (detail) Photo: JRP (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Imagine a jumble of wooden houses on narrow curving lanes where cows, chickens and goats roam seemingly at leisure. Milkmaids and farmers; merchants and rabbis also populate the scene, and in the background rises the onion-dome of the church, and there’s maybe even a fiddler on the roof!  This was the setting for Marc Chagall’s birth in 1887 in the Russian town of Vitebsk.

The song 'Dona dona' is a traditional Russian Jewish song and it comes from a recording called ‘Les Musiques de Chagall’ which presents music that may have inspired the artist throughout his life. 

Julie Sperring explores music that has been inspired by Chagall and his work. 


The paintings and stained glass windows of Marc Chagall

Images courtesy of Marc Chagall Art