When passion and regard are present, and solicitude is practiced, harmony should follow. If intimacy is also present, harmony will be all the easier to attain.
From the dark side:
- Charlie Louvin with Benjamin Whitmer, Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers (HarperCollins Publishers, 2012): “The tempestuous story of an inspirational gospel and country duo.” They sang in harmony but did not live that way.
- Salvador Dali, The Harmony of the Spheres (1978)
- Paul Delvaux, Harmony (1927)
- Wassily Kandinsky, Harmonie Tranquille (Quiet Harmony) (1924)
- Mikhail Nesterov, Harmony Concord (1905)
Film and Stage
Films about disharmony:
- Othello, Shakespeare’s tale about jealousy
- Fatal Attraction, illustrating the difference between love and passion
- Prizzi’s Honor: does he love her or “off” her?
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
Sparsely used in composition, the string trio consists of three distinctive voices of the string family: violin, viola and cello. In string trios from the Classical and Romantic eras, this combination suggests the intimacy of a tight-knit family or circle of the closest friends.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- String Trio 1 in E-flat major, Op. 3 (1794)
- String Trio 2 in D major, Op. 8, “Serenade” (1797)
- String Trio 3 in G major, Op. 9/1 (1798)
- String Trio 4 in D major, Op. 9/2 (1798)
- String Trio 5 in C minor, Op. 9/3 (1798)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)
- String Trio in D Major (1880)
- String Trio in B Minor (1913): 1. Allegro; 2. .
- String Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 31
Eduard Franck’s tightly constructed piano trios illustrate that harmony is not merely tonal.
- Piano Trio 1 in E Minor, No. 11 (1935)
- Piano Trio 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 22
- Piano Trio 3 in D Major, Op. 53
- Piano Trio 4 in D Major, Op. 58
- Pettersson, Symphony No. 9 (1970), is “an extended struggle ending in harmony.”
- Zemlinsky, Das gläserne Herz, Ein Tanzpoem, a Dance Poem in one act for orchestra (1904)
- Fougstedt, Choral songs
- Viviani, Capricci Armonici
- Benevoli, Missa In anguistia pestilientia (1656); see also this album.
Albums and tracks:
- Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia, “The Valley Recalls” album: Harmony
- On his “Where Do You Start” album, pianist Brad Mehldau teams with Larry Grenadier (bass) and Jeff Ballard (drums) to offer jazz tunes in a free-and-easy, straight-ahead jazz style. Throughout the album the three voices interplay tenderly with each other, each player keenly mindful, even solicitous of the others. Tracks include “Where Do You Start”, “Holland”, “Brownie Speaks”, “Baby Plays Around”, “Airegin”, “Hey Joe”, “Samba e Amor”, “Time Has Told Me” and “Aquelas Coisas Todas"
- Tight harmonies characterize the singing of female Bulgarian choirs. Here are Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria.
- Steven Halpern, “Perfect Alignment” album
From the dark side:
- Edgar Lee Masters, “Amanda Barker”