Thursday, January 26, 2023, 7:30 PM

Musical Architecture: Sounding Tributes to Frank Lloyd Wright

The American modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright saw architecture as a highly musical artform. His father was a pianist and composer, and Wright was drawn to music from a young age, particularly works of J. S. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. Composers of the 20th and 21st centuries have in turn been inspired by Wright’s unique approach to patterning, light, spatial tension and release, and to the philosophies underlying his artistic creations. Igor Santos’s as light becomes form, which will be heard on this New Milestones concert, includes a variation set inspired by Wright’s distinctive use of “lightscreens” in the Unity Temple in Chicago. This playlist features music by a few other composers who have been stimulated by Wright’s work and is bookended by intricately structured, almost architectural pieces by Bach and Beethoven.

Cellist, writer, and music researcher Nicky Swett is a program annotator and editorial contributor at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.