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    Edited by Ambre Gauthier(Author) Edited by Meret Meyer(Author)

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  • Highly illustrated, this book explores the deep connection between Chagall and music

This book explores the connection between Chagall and music. This intimate relationship, which ran deep in both his family history and the Jewish culture of his native city, was particularly meaningful in his creation of scenery and costumes for the stage. His works for the Jewish Theatre (Moscow, 1919-1920) and the ballets 'Aleko' (Mexico, 1942), 'The Firebird' (New York, 1945), 'Daphnis et Chloé' (1958) and 'The Magic Flute' (New York, 1967) celebrate the links he established between music, large-scale set design, and the material design of costumes. Chagall's monumental projects in the 1960s, such as the ceiling of the Paris Opera (1964) and his decorative architectural programme for the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York (1966), are a reflection of his notion of 'total art', and his explorations in the universality of music and its translation into the spatial dimension.

Music was a constant source of inspiration to Chagall. The subject of his creations, it provided internal rhythm and strength to his compositions, as well as dictating the intensity and ranges of colour he used. Offering a fresh approach to iconography,Chagall and Music heralds the intersection of audial and visual art as the mark of Chagall's incessant and brilliant modernity.

Ambre Gauthier is an art historian, who acted as curator for the exhibition 'Chagall et la Musique' at the Philharmonie of Paris, October 2015 - January 2016. Meret Meyer is vice-president of the Marc Chagall Comittee.

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