The current series “Musical Moments” is inspired by the concept of a character piece: a musical composition that expresses a distinct and defining mood. As Romanticism swept through the musical world in the 1800s, strict adherence to compositional form gave way to looser, free-flowing compositions, and the mood and ideas evoked by the piece became a focal point of many compositions.
Through a series of photographic composites “Musical Moments” explores how the essence and sentiment of such musical forms can be transmuted from an auditory to a visual medium. The series presents four such forms: a caprice, in its whimsicality and humor; a nocturne, expressive of the mystery of the night; a serenade, lyric and poetic; and marche funèbre, a funeral march with its requisite somberness yet nostalgia of a distant and elusive memory. While compositional rules have changed through the years, the emotional character and mood at the heart of these pieces, which I explore in my work, have continued to captivate, engage, and inspire listeners through the tests of time.
Raised by classical musicians, Miriam Engelhardt developed at an early age a special relationship with music and a sensitivity to the ambiance and mood inspired by musical compositions. After years of research and teaching in linguistics and languages, she began her journey into the world of photography in 2016 with special focus on creating montages from photographic images through digital manipulation. The process enables her to mold her experiences, sentiments, impressions, and ideas into concrete visual form. Much like musical compositions, her pieces fuse and blend together disparate elements into a harmonious form, its colors and shading providing tonality and expression.