A soundtrack for Vincent


Excited by the links he found between painting and Wagner's music, Vincent van Gogh took lessons from the organist of St Catherine's Church in Eindhoven. But the lessons were not a success and the organist concluded he was dealing with a madman. Presumably Vincent was not a fan of ECM discs, because their 2009-10 catalogue does not contain a single note of Wagner's music, or of Tchaikovsky's. Talking of madmen, near the end of his life Van Gogh was incarcerated in an asylum at Saint-Remy-de-Provence, which is close to where my header photo was taken a couple of weeks ago. And talking of meteors that burnt out prematurely, the organ in the church in Saint-Remy was used by Scott Ross in 1972 to record Couperin's two organ masses.

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Unknown said…
Bob: Are you familiar with VvG's letters? They are truly amazing. http://vangoghletters.org/vg/ Regards, Tim

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