"Mathias Alten Triptych" is a three movement music composition commissioned by the Grand Rapids Symphony for Art Prize 2015. Composers Jeremy Crosmer, Alexander Miller, and Bill Ryan each chose a painting by Alten to musically interpret and respond to. The composition will be performed during Art Prize by six members of the Grand Rapids Symphony. The paintings can be viewed at the George and Barbara Gordon Gallery of Grand Valley State University, the largest public collection of Mathias Alten in the world. Mathias Alten (1871-1938) is a celebrated American regionalist artist, painting over 2500 works of art throughout his life. Building from a traditional Barbizon and Tonalist landscape background, Alten began as a naturalistic scene painter and later transitioned into painting in an impressionistic style.
- Art form: Time-Based
- Medium: Music
- Year created: 2015
About Grand Rapids Symphony Composers
Composers Jeremy Crosmer, Alexander Miller, and Bill Ryan have been recognized throughout the country for their engaging and innovative music. The three have deep ties to Michigan, most notably through their work with the Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Valley State University. Their music has been performed at major venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Detroit Institute of the Arts, and has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and New Music USA.