Vermeer

(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
2015 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)

17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer had such an effect on me that in my early thirties, I decided to go to art school part-time to learn how to paint with oils.

After two years, I realized that as a painter, I was merely an enthusiastic hobbyist but I’m glad I learned how to draw and the process of painting with oils.

This piece is my appreciation of Vermeer. It begins and ends with a musical canon (like a “round” the same music begins at different times to create counterpoint).

Because Vermeer was such a master of form and balance I thought that the inclusion of a canon was the right touch to precede and follow the improv section. 

Take care and be safe. 

Link here: https://youtu.be/Pu0q5DvorH4

The Laughing Cavalier

Written and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
Copyright 2011 Zino-Rephi Music (BMI)
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When I was a kid, my parents had a small oval miniature of a Frans Hals (17th Century painter) painting called, “The Laughing Cavalier.”

I think (not sure) that this small replica artifact came from my great grandmother who was born in Holland (most of my ancestors are from Eastern Europe but this is the exception).

This little print of the painting had a haunting effect on me. It hung near my bed.

Years later, I visited the Frans Hals collection in Amsterdam. My brief career as a painter (I went to school for oil painting for two years) was inspired by my interest in Dutch painters like Hals, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and especially Vermeer.

At any rate, in 2011 I wrote and recorded this short solo guitar piece.

Link: https://youtu.be/z2nkQLr-Ki8

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