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.
- String Trio No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 3 (1794)
- String Trio No. 2 in D major, Op. 8, “Serenade” (1797)
- String Trio No. 3 in G major, Op. 9/1 (1798)
- String Trio No. 4 in D major, Op. 9/2 (1798)
- String Trio No. 5 in C minor, Op. 9/3 (1798)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)
Eduard Franck’s tightly constructed piano trios illustrate that harmony is not merely tonal.
- Piano Trio No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11 (1935)
- Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 22
- Piano Trio No. 3 in D Major, Op. 53
- Piano Trio No. 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, Songs for mixed a capella choir
- Viviani, Capricci Armonici
- Benevoli, Missa In anguistia pestilientia (1656); see also this album.
Afrika Mamas is a female a capella singing group from South Africa, known for their tight harmonies and uplifting songs. Its albums include:
- “Ilanga – The Sun” (2019): “The lyrics address themes of love, women’s rights, and respect for the world and its people.”
- “Iphupho – A Capella from South Africa” (2018): “The album’s 12 songs revolve mostly around family, work and daily struggle.”
- “Afrika Mamas” (2016): “Following tradition, the seven Zulu female vocalists who make up the Afrika Mamas present us with an upbeat 12-track album that tells of battles, loss and gratitude, heartache, jealousy and independence.”
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.
- Tight harmonies characterize the singing of female Bulgarian choirs. Here are Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria.
- Steven Halpern, “Perfect Alignment” album
- Mike McGinnis, Elias Bailey and Vinnie Sperrazza, “Time Is Thicker” album: these artists play like old friends
- Elizabeth & Raymond Chenault, “Organ Music for Two”: Volume 1; Volume 2; Volume 4; Volume 5.
- Aho, Symphony No. 5 sounds like harmony being challenged by competing forces (performances conducted by Slobodeniouk, Pommer and unknown).
- Matthew Shipp Trio, “Harmonic Disorder”
From the dark side:
- Edgar Lee Masters, “Amanda Barker”
Music: songs and other short pieces
From the dark side:
- Andrea Lee, Red Island House: A Novel (Scribner, 2021): a husband and wife struggle to mesh with each other while on a vacation.
- Nancy Johnson, The Kindest Lie: A Novel (Morrow, 2021): the husband wants a child but the wife, who had given up a previous child to adoption, does not.