Harmony, Rhythm and Time: Commonalities Between Music Composition and Garden Design

Within the fine arts, landscape painting has the most obvious connection to garden design. Music composition, however, may be more closely related. Composers lead their listeners on an aural musical journey. Designers lead visitors on a multisensorial journey through their landscapes. Unlike a painting, events within each are revealed sequentially over time. Landscape designer and music composer Larry Weaner will illustrate techniques including rhythmic pattern, repetition, transition, foreshadowing, and the introduction and resolution of harmonic dissonance. He will also illustrate how informed improvisation in response to spontaneous events, techniques common to contemporary classical music and jazz, can have particular relevance to the creation of “wild” landscape gardens.

(Note: This presentation can be formulated for relevance to either a landscape design group, or a mixed group of landscape designers and music composers)