August 30-October 16, 2011
The history of European music is a history of its sounds, instruments, composers, performers, and patrons. The history of its sounds and instruments is generally known through performances and recordings, but the visual history of music in Europe is far less known even to the audience that enjoys the music. Musical Prints is an exhibition that presents the composers, the performers, and the patrons who are the major figures in European music from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The sixty-four images in the exhibition range from a 1568 portrait of Massimo Troiano to a 1949 etching of the Budapest String Quartet. The musical artists of the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Rococo, the Romantic, and the Classical eras are represented. Seeing the persons and performances adds a new dimension to the music itself.