Drawing, Study 135 #3, Transcription of "Ave Maria," a Sacred Melody Adapted to the First Prelude of J. S. Bach by Charles Gounod
Though not a musician, architectural sculptor John De Cesare spent his late career creating graphic representations of musical scores. In these vivid drawings, geometric forms vary in width to indicate the duration of notes, and vertical position to show pitch. He used color to clarify each line of music, alternating colors in chords to differentiate them from individual notes.
It is credited
Gift of the Estate of John De Cesare.
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Its dimensions are
48.5 × 61.2 cm (19 1/8 × 24 1/8 in.)
It is inscribed
Inscribed in graphite, lower right: J. De Cesare- / S135#3 / Ave Maria - / Bach-Gounod / -Ganschow / M37 to M56 / (5-9-56) © J-C / Bb - (D-A-W) 4/4
Cite this object as
Drawing, Study 135 #3, Transcription of "Ave Maria," a Sacred Melody Adapted to the First Prelude of J. S. Bach by Charles Gounod; USA; color pencil, graphite on cream wove paper; 48.5 × 61.2 cm (19 1/8 × 24 1/8 in.) ; Gift of the Estate of John De Cesare; 1982-25-57
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.