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Luigi Veronesi and the chromatic visualizations

A few years ago the Catholic University of Milan hosted a symposium on Musical Visions: Relationships between Music and Visual Arts in the 20th Century. The cover of the recently published proceedings shows a very peculiar work of visual art, very wide (indeed it runs on the front and the back of the cover), made of a multitude of high and narrow rectangles, each of them filled with one of the rainbow colors, no gradations or hues. The sequence of the rectangles creates a structure, which we could easily ascribe a “musical” character to – but actually the work is “musical” not only in quotation marks, but also without them, and decidedly so.
It is the Visualization of part of the Air à faire fuir #I from Erik Satie’s piano collection Pièces froides, a work by Luigi Veronesi (1908-1988). Yes, that’s it: a “visualization” of a musical work (in this case, a part of a musical work); instead of listening to a fragment by Satie, we can “see” it. The visualizations are a prominent and significant part of Luigi Veronesi’s creative activity. They recently were the focus of the arts historian Paolo Bolpagni’s interest, who found many of them in an up to now unexplored corner of Veronesi’s studio, and analyzed them (in many cases coming to an identification of the musical works, often not explicitly declared)…
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