MassArt Student Artwork inspired by Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Yesenia Martinez

Yesenia Martinez

When listening to Beethoven’s works, I often feel I’m transported through portals into surreal lands. Focusing on that feeling of movement, I incorporated the playful yet overall dark tone of Symphony No. 7 with dancing trees and anchored some of the instruments throughout the piece.

Alexa Raniuk

Alexa Raniuk

In this drawing I wanted to describe an uncomfortableness with line work integrated with an elegant instrument. If this drawing was a sound it would be very detailed and unique. I drew hands because they display a distinct intense emotion being somewhat distorted indicating emotionally moving music.

Amanda Sharples

Amanda Sharples

My Beethoven piece represents the Battle of Hanau which Beethoven’s 7th symphony was conducted for as a charity concert for the wounded soldiers. I tried to capture Beethoven’s imagination of his musical piece in my painting.

Ben Doane

Ben Doane

I felt that there was an element of triumph in the music that was a more loathsome brand of misery, which resulted in the historical reference to the 1813 Burning of Moscow. There were enough of these feelings resonating for me that i was able to translate the plight of these people and shape it into the stumbling depression that is this collection of figures.

Benjamin Yelin

Benjamin Yelin

Beethoven was in poor health for a majority of the time he was working on his 7th Symphony, and I felt his anguish in the music and attempted to recreate it in my illustration. He’s lost, staring off into space, creating a masterpiece under the worst of circumstances.

Cassandra Annati

Cassandra Annati

My piece aims to capture the power and turbulence of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. I found that the best way to emulate this was to create a scene on the ocean, which is as forceful and tempestuous as the orchestral score. The inclusion of the violin-ship blends the two concepts, the ocean and the symphony, in one subject.

Chelsea Damraksa

Chelsea Damraksa

For this piece, I aimed to capture three things that struck me most about the 7th symphony. First was the power of the symphony. The triumphant roar of all instruments combined. Next, was the imaginative quality of the piece. I wanted to give hint of a story within my response. And Last I wanted to portray the light-heartedness that I connected with within Beethoven’s piece. In all it was interesting to combine both music and art to create a work that really challenged my senses

Christine Clancy

Christine Clancy

The mood of Beethoven’s 7th seemed to change a lot throughout the piece. I wanted to depict this with a sort of whirlwind around him with the sheet music. Like the changing emotions in the piece the sheet music being blown around all comes together to form a finished piece of music.

Christopher Young

Christopher Young

After reading about the premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, I became interested in the idea of playing a very upbeat song for soldiers wounded in the recent battle of Hanau.  I also felt that this contrast fit with the switches through out the symphony between upbeat dancing and pensive repetition.  To convey this idea, I chose a combination of traditional vine charcoal with digital color.

Dave Mahan

Dave Mahan

“Inner Ear” (February 2013)
11″ x 14″ 2 color screen print on textured Masonite.

As a visual artist, I could not imagine living and working without the ability to see.  In this piece, I wanted to draw attention to the fact that Beethoven composed some of the most groundbreaking pieces of Classical music without his sense of hearing.  The beauty and triumph of the Seventh Symphony is all the more moving when one stops to realize that the person who composed it would never hear it as we would.

Dennise Arriaga

Dennise Arriaga

Devon Yaw

Devon Yaw

Eben Herrick

Eben Herrick

Eric Brock

Eric Brock

For this assignment,  I tried to focus more on the side of the many dualities of Beethoven’s life and how his music was affected as a result. I use abstract shapes and forms to convey visually the many emotional complexities of his life and musical influence.

Stacy Fahey

Stacy Fahey

While listening to the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, I couldn’t help but think about the letters he wrote to his “Immortal Beloved”. Though she never received the letters, I hoped to capture the moment she would have had if she were able to read them. I wanted to push the emotions a little further by having her sitting underneath a weeping willow tree with the trunk of a Cello; an instrument which I feel is able to capture feelings that words cannot, just as Beethoven had written “There are moments when I feel that language is nothing at all.”

Gwendolyn Meshberg

Gwendolyn Meshberg

“The Haunting Dance”

Through this piece I wanted to capture the haunting yet sweet feeling of the second movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.   The piece shows a man dancing with his recently deceased lover, trying to desperately hold on to something that is lost.

Hannah Perduta

Hannah Perduta

Beethoven was able to set his heart free through music. He broke free of the classical music that preceded his work. I wanted to capture the expansive/explosive nature of the wonderful sounds Beethoven has presented in his 7th Symphony.

Hannah Robidoux

Hannah Robidoux

When I listen to Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony I think of Spring and new beginnings. In this watercolor piece, I wanted to show Beethoven renewing himself from his dark past through his music, using the metaphor of the bird and eggs.

Holly Sullo

Holly Sullo

The seventh symphony completely affects your body, feeling movement and motion like there is dancing all around you.

Jason Butera

Jason Butera

While listening to Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, I kept envisioning him rallying the veterans of the Battle of Hanau with his music. I was thus inspired to portray Beethoven as a commander of sorts, leading the now-invigorated Austrian cavalry.

Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll

Julia Stasiso

Julia Stasiso

Justice Tocker

Justice Tocker

My piece is intended to show both Beethoven’s extraordinary ability to create music as well as the pain that it must have caused him, bring unable to properly hear it. He could create and surround himself with music, but could never fully enjoy it.

Lucretia Seabrook

Lucretia Seabrook

As I listened to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 images of cascading water and energy filled my head. I used this idea to form sketches that had to do with the idea of cascading ideas turning into music. I used brights colors to show the intensity of the sound.

Kaitlynn Beach

Kaitlynn Beach

Knowing Beethoven took much of his inspiration from forms in nature and in particular in bird songs, I decided to base my piece off of these concepts. I mainly kept the second movement of the Seventh Symphony in mind (Allegretto), and found inspiration in the dancing quality of the movement. I therefore created a courting ritual based in nature inspired by Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

Kristina Georgian

Kristina Georgian

My artwork illustrating Beethoven’s 7th Symphony is meant to symbolize rebirth.  Because this piece of music was created to be a source of encouragement and inspiration for the Viennese people after being under the rule of Napoleon, I wanted to really showcase themes of beauty and growth. While I was inspired by the overwhelming sound of joy, I also recognized the undertones of grief in the music, which I represented with the black details around the eyes of the woman in my piece- yet the flowers still bloom from her grief.

 

Maia Green

Maia Green

Beethoven’s seventh is often described as a dance symphony, and I thought dance was a wonderful vehicle to express my feelings about the music. Dancing is both timeless and universal, qualities that struck me about the symphony itself. I created an image of different points of time and space connecting through dance.

Molly Mundy

Molly Mundy

The inspiration for my interpretation of Beethoven’s seventh Symphony came from a quote by Thomas Beecham on the third movement of the Symphony: “What can you do with it? It’s like a lot of yaks jumping about.” After reading this I could not get the idea of yaks out of my head, so I decided to use it as a starting point for my piece.

Morris Gaman

Morris Gaman

Nicholas Mottola

Nicholas Mottola

Paige Mulhern

Paige Mulhern

When listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, I was moved by the piece’s fluid movement and rapid ups and downs. The second movement reminded me of the ocean. While listening, images of smooth rolling tides and giant crashing waves filled my mind. Its unpredictability was that of a storm. In the midst of my research on Beethoven himself, I found a quote that inspired my image further: “Tones sound, and roar, and storm about me until I have to set them down into notes.”

Ross Page

Ross Page

“Cavalry at the Battle of Hanau”

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony premiered at a charity benefit for Bavarian soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau in 1813. The Battle of Hanau was a minor victory for Napoleon, giving him breathing room enough to retreat back to France. This painting is my way of doing what Beethoven did: commemorating the battle of Hanau.

Ross Page

Ross Page

“Cavalry at the Battle of Hanau”

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony premiered at a charity benefit for Bavarian soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau in 1813. The Battle of Hanau was a minor victory for Napoleon, giving him breathing room enough to retreat back to France. This painting is my way of doing what Beethoven did: commemorating the battle of Hanau.

Shannon Knight

Shannon Knight

Medium: watercolour, coloured pencil, acrylic

Description: The 7th symphony is uniquely mysterious, presented with little context and no provided information on the intended meaning. Ultimately, after considering the historical context and the possibility of a biographical element, it seemed most appropriate to let the piece speak for itself and let the imagery come to me organically. This is my personal interpretation of the first movement.

Vicki Chin

Vicki Chin

For my interpretation of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, I wanted to capture the emotions that struck me while listening to the piece. I showed how heartfelt it was by referencing the heart and veins pouring out music.

Patrick Gallagher

Patrick Gallagher

I decided to make my Beethoven piece to be pretty straight forward just showing him playing the piano. But I wanted to make piano sort of floating around him like the song was just simply flowing through him effortlessly.

Zach Cunningham

Zach Cunningham

On the opening night for Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, Beethoven was quoted as saying that Domenico Dragonetti, the Double Bass player, played “with great fire and expressive power”. I wanted to illustrate that performance.

Bailey Mariner

Bailey Mariner

Brad Chapman

Brad Chapman

Charlotte Petelle

Charlotte Petelle

Clayton Fisk

Clayton Fisk

Music is a visual freedom for the mind and from our minds come many monsters and many loves.

Gjon Kukli

Gjon Kukli

I decided to make this piece a portrait of Beethoven himself due to his strong definite characteristics. With high contrast and aggressive brushwork I aimed to convey the neurotic nature of the musician.

Jim Medeiros

Jim Medeiros

Listening to the 7th Symphony, a lot of things come to mind, but a feeling of war, climax, overcoming, and serenity are all present. This piece was one that was not so much to do a “portrait” of Beethoven, but I wanted to capture three things in one piece: a historical backing to the piece, as well as a side that appealed to both Pagans and Christians (for the Easter season). I know there’s always quarreling between what the Easter Bunny has to do with Easter. Well, now everyone can rejoice as Jesus conducts his orchestra full of Easter bunnies!

Martha Spragge

Martha Spragge

Stephanie Leap

Stephanie Leap

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