Making music from art at BRM

A group of four young composers had their compositions heard by an audience at the Brandywine River Museum of Art Wednesday afternoon and the original music was based on paintings on display at the museum.

The event was the culmination of the museum’s Young Composers’ Workshop. The young composers — Shahzad Bolduc, Joshua Dix, Josh Kleinmann and Christopher Palmer — took their inspiration from a variety of paintings at the BRM. Each composer chose one painting and wrote a composition based on that image.

Jennifer Nicole Campbell plays Shahzad Biolduc's "Day of a Pig" at the Brandywine River Museum of Art as part of the Young Composers' Workshop.

Bolduc, 13, chose Jamie Wyeth’s “Portrait of a Pig” for his piece, "Day of a Pig." When he heard that Wyeth played some Mozart to get the pig to calm down, Bolduc decided to weave a piece of Mozart’s “Sonata in G Minor” into his own work.

Dix, who has been composing since age 5, chose Andy Wyeth’s “Snow Hill.” He said he based each music theme within his composition on each of the models in the painting.

Palmer used some of N.C. Wyeth’s illustrations of “King Arthur” for his “The ‘King Arthur’ String Quartet.

Kleinmann stepped outside the Wyeth mode and chose Douglas Allen’s “North Light — Grizzly” for his composition, “Gentle Beast.”

Allen was in the audience for the event and said he was “overwhelmed by something so unexpected.”

The teenagers worked with Jennifer Nicole Campbell in developing their compositions. Campbell is theDelaware County Symphony’s  artist-in-residence.

Video of Joshua Dix playing his “Snow Hill”



About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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