The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Road to the Baroque — Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum: Music Pairing

Johnny M L POON* (Director), David Y S CHUNG (Performer), Wei XUE (Other), Roberto ALONSO TRILLO (Performer), Vivian Yau (Performer)

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


The body of works include multiple outputs (10 recorded audio performance tracks, 11recorded audio-visual performances and talks - all published in the official museum online website, entitled The Road to the Baroque - Music Experience.)

Parallel to the development of visual effects created through chiaroscuro in Baroque paintings, composers in the late sixteenth century explored new ways to create contrasts in music. Stripping away the highly complex, contrapuntal styles that characterize Renaissance vocal music, Baroque composers amplify affekt (feeling and sensation) through a new style called monody capable of arousing the deepest and widest range of human emotions. Such aesthetics mirrors development in Baroque paintings championed by Caravaggio and his followers.

Professor Johnny Poon, Music Director of the exhibition, has curated a programme of music to engage viewers as they experience these masterpieces from the Capodimonte’s collection. A guided audio pairing of music by Baroque contemporaries has been designed to complement select paintings to capture the Zeitgeist (spirit of the time). Musicians from Collegium Musicum Hong Kong will present a series of innovative concert programmes of sound-paintings that will tickle one’s imagination.

Music selected for the performances will include familiar names such as Vivaldi, Lully, and Handel in dramatic music that feature some of the same characters represented in the paintings, namely Judith, Abra, Holofernes, Perseus, and Saint Cecilia. Visitors will also be introduced to music by such lesser known yet brilliant early Italian Baroque composers as Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, Andrea Falconieri, Dario Castello, Tarquinio Merula, and more. AI Technology is employed to create multi layers of musical and extra-musical counterpoint to the visual narratives presented through the Capodimonte Collection from Naples
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHong Kong Museum of Art
Media of outputOther
SizeDuration: 198 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Music


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