Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso

Mercy! Now, there’s a name to live up to. Imagine having to do that in your lifetime! It appears, that’s exactly what Pablo Picasso was able to accomplish on earth. He was a renegade of sorts. As a pioneer of a fledgling movement known as Cubism, along with its co–founder, Georges Braque, Picasso was considered ahead of his time. When I was a kid, a neighbor had a reproduction of an original Picasso in their home. I admired it for years. It spoke to me in its skewed, yet sophisticated form. It was so different from other art I had seen as a young student of music. That’s a good thing. Why? For one, the various arts disciplines intertwine and inform one another. As an artist, it’s important to take cues from many sources. We are free to create from the essence that we ‘take away’ from an experience. It’s about exploring a source of inspiration and using it as a vehicle for expression. In music, the composer Maurice Ravel comes to mind when I envision some of Picasso’s early work. I’d say, it’s no coincidence one of Ravel’s most notable works, ‘Gaspard de la nuit‘ {composed in 1908}, and the first wave of the Cubist Art Movement, Analytic Cubism {1907–1911, France}, overlapped. Note also, Ravel was a French composer. Great art informs us, and it continues on, as it should. Be the master of your own repertoire… get inspired by others’ works. Thanks Pablo!

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