The music of Rachel Grimes:
Selections from The Clearing and Book of Leaves
Music for Egon Schiele (1995)
Music for Egon Schiele - Rachel Grimes
The Austrian painter Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is best known for his assertive, character-driven depictions of the human form. During his brief life he produced over 600 works, ranging from delicate pencil drawings to elaborate, bold-stroke oil portraiture and landscapes. A student of Gustav Klimt, he and Oskar Kokoschka epitomized the Austrian Expressionist movement.
The suite Music for Egon Schiele was written to accompany a dance and theater production by Stephan Mazurek. The show, entitled Egon Schiele, was presented in May 1995 by the Itinerant Theater Guild at the University of Illinois, Chicago. The twelve pieces abstractly depict the chronological phases of Schiele’s personal and artistic life - one of struggle and discovery, inspired by love, loss, and the desperate need for expression.