Music

Music in the Rise of the Munes story:

In the beginning of the story twelve-year-old Ava is shown two pictures of paintings that use color to correspond to sound.  There is also another secret in the paintings but you will have to read the story to find out what it is.

Two paintings of Geraldine Lee painted on
Monhegan Island, Maine:

(Courtesy: George Wesley Bellows, Portrait of Geraldine Lee, No. 1
Oil on panel, 22 3/8 x 18 5/16.  Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Washington University in St. Louis.  University Purchase. Bixby Fund, 1966.)
(Courtesy: Geraldine Lee No. 2, 1914, oil on panel, 38 x 30.
Collection of The Butler Institute of American Art
Youngstown, Museum Purchase 1941)
George Bellows (1882-1925) was born in Columbus, Ohio.  His wife Emma was from Montclair, New Jersey and was a pianist.  Frederick Waugh also lived in Montclair, N.J. and the artists were friends. George was an avid athlete (baseball & basketball), a musician and artist who chose a career in art becoming one of "the most acclaimed artists of his generation."  One of his favorite places to paint outside New York City was Monhegan Island, Maine.  He participated in island events including being a ringmaster in a circus and part of the island band.  Bellows was keenly interested in mathematical proportions in his paintings and used the Maratta System which explored color correspondences to musical notes.

 
Maratta System Color Theory

To hear Ava play her piece go to the bottom of the page and press play button.

Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 6 & No. 7

In Rise of the Munes two pieces of music play on the alarm clock radio:

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1927) was a Russian composer who was influenced by synesthesia and associated colors with harmonic tones in his music.  His Piano Sonata's No. 6 and No. 7 were composed during a the period of 1911 to 1912.  His piano Sonata No. 6 was considered dark and nightmarish.  Scriabin did not want to play it in public because of its mysterious quality.  Piano Sonata No. 7 was the opposite.  It was considered a flash of blinding light that expressed a heavenly quality.  The piece was subtitled "White Mass" to express this celestial quality.

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Standing Owl Plays His Flute
The children encounter a person playing the flute during the sunrise by the lighthouse.  Hear Stephen Standing Owl play his flute and the song Visitors from the West which inspired the scene.

Standing Owl - "Mahaeo (creator) knows me as Stephen Standing Owl of Northern Cheyenne descent. I have always respected the Native Story Tellers for it is they who keep the past alive. Not being blessed with the gift of verbal story telling I choose to tell stories with my flutes." 

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YouTube link: Hear Stephen Standing Owl play the flute

Sibelius The Spruce

In 
Rise of the Munes Ava thinks of a piece of music while she is in the woods  called The Spruce:

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was a Finnish composer who was a favorite of the artist Frederick Waugh.  Between 1914 and 1919 who wrote a suite of music known as the "Tree Cycle."  The Spruce (Granen No. 5) was the last of these works.  He once said the trees spoke to him. 

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Playing the Colors of the Portraits

At the end of the story Ava plays the Bellow's portraits above which turns into her own self portrait in the sound.  Listen to the music at the end of the story which opens with the wolf note and spirals like a labyrinth from the outside to the center:
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(Temporary rendition of The Secret courtesy of the composer Stephen Hollaran )

If you were to draw your portrait in the sound, what colors would you choose?