"In the continuity of one of Gabrielle's Water Lilies colored musical scores, the commission of the College of Holy Cross, had for major inspiration the reflections and water with piano and cello harmonies.
With this unique reference, the composer Eric Lebrun added a lyrical dimension. Inspired by Ophelia, the character in Hamlet, his music is imbued with the colors of the water, its reflections in spring time, and the depths of the pond that inexorably draws Ophelia towards it.
This scene has inspired many painters and Gabrielle was also quickly inspired and transported by the music of Eric Lebrun, the last song for Ophelia. In resonance with the Shakespeare drama scene, the music complete the expression into this painting composition as musical score.
The concert with the World premiere of the new musical work Last Reflection of Ophelia, op.39 by French composer Eric Lebrun is performed by artists-in-residence Adam Golka, piano and Jan Muller-Szeraws, cello.
Synesthesia: A Celebration of Painting & Music - Program (PDF)
Short film, directed by Jacques Boumendil, documenting the creation of the painting - Featuring the composition by Eric Lebrun, performed by musicians Clara Michel-Mazzoleni, cello and Théophile Thierry, piano. Renaud Michel, Sound Engineer.
Last Reflection of Ophelia, the colored musical scores, oil on Canvas, 60x120cm, Iris et B.Gerald Cantor Art Gallery - College de Holy Cross'Collection.
"There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up :
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes..."
W. Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1599