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Pierrot Lunaire
Westminster Station, Vermont:: Bridge Press,, 2007.. Edition of 21. 22.5 x 15.5 x 1"clamshell box constructed of sheet aluminum. Contains a folio of poetry and a CD of a July 2003 performance at the Yellow Barn Music Festival for which the artist created the images. Designed by Brian D. Cohen and Dan Carr. Pierrot Lunaire" is Cohen?'s visual interpretation of the cycle of twenty-one poems by the Belgian Symbolist poet Albert Giraud that was later composed into an atonal song cycle by Arnold Schoenberg. This book takes the form of a folio of 21 etchings from the dark, caustic, and poignant 1912 song cycle Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg. The etchings are printed twice on each page—in intaglio (etched lines print dark) and relief (surface holds ink and lines are light), a visual analogy to the sudden (and startling) reversals of emotional tone from tenderness to despair in the music. Review from ?"Image & Text—Brian D. Cohen?" at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center Summer 2007: ?"… the brushed aluminum box cover introduces the book. A design of overlapping circles has been gently sanded onto the surface of the box. Then the pages begin to the right of the cover, their placement echoing visually the qualities of Schoenberg?'s atonal composition for the poem cycle. The etchings on each of the pages were printed from one metal plate, but one appears to be very dark and the other much lighter, due to the two different printing methods Cohen employed. Each poem has been set in a different typeface and appears in French, German, and English. The poem is printed in its original French, in the German of Schoenberg?'s song cycle, and in English translation.?"
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