Walter Miranda
Plastic Artist

Beethoven Project

Maria Bertoldi, Roberto Giannecchini and Walter Miranda

PROJECT - Three individualized interpretations on Beethoven's nine symphonies, more three manifestations, based on the development of the previous nine. DEVELOPMENT - it was made a study, in group, on the Beethoven's life and work, to pass indeed to the execution of the works that consisted of each artist, isolated of the others, to hear the symphonies, to make a work regarding each one and more three works where there was the possibility to use total creation freedom, using as main base the experience acquired in the execution of the previous works.



Colorir os mais Fantásticos Sons
Tela Azul
Revoada de Sons
Vôo ao Mundo Fantástico dos Sons
Registro de um Momento





 It was just the registration of one moment. The wonderful moment lived during a symphony of Beethoven. And I was knowing and I was feeling and hearing the symphonies and trying to colour the most fantastic sounds of those true symphonic fantasies. A lived dream. A true flight to the fantastic world of Beethoven's musical sounds where I try to follow him with my brush on the blue canvas in this crazy flight of sounds. The 9 Beethovenian Symphonic Fantasies more three works, was everything that remained...  


BEETHOVEN PROJECT by GIA - Roberto Giannecchini

Nona Sinfonia
Alumínio Fosqueado
Multiplicação dos Pães





   My work on the symphonies was done starting from suggestions supplied by the musical material, selected by the sensitive and "filtered" by the rational. The result, maybe questionable, it is there. However it is worth to highlight as more important the creative process, since it brought to the surface mental and sensitive mechanisms that I ignored. The continuous and disciplined work on a theme can bring consequences other than the expected ones; for example, an intimate suspicion:

  • if the music was determinant of a result, or na alibi to liberate other things, or though, a catalyst. From this pont of view the music of Beto was magnificent Art; vivifying and creator of "derived Art" through other artists.
  • Here is the multiplication of the breads. So, I am thankful to the situation that brought my own interior enrichment opening new roads and mysteries.

In the technique concerns, the works were made in way completely handcraft, included the project and the accomplishment of the mechanisms. The used material is almost exclusively aluminum matted with micro glass spheres. This obeys my natural sympathy for the aluminum, that in spite of not being very resistant, due its lightness, it allows liberated structures. In the same way it is explained the screwed assembly and the use of some scrap piece. (Beethoven used similar processes as in the case of the "Ode to Joy" by Schiller that, only after a long time he used as part of the ninth symphony). When during the process some work took own configurations independent of my intentions, I insisted on respecting them. So, the movement of the bird of the Pastoral "asked" (as a friend make me notice) a solution using the mechanical resonance, which was accepted and accomplished. Gracias, Armano. I would like also to thank my companions of the group, my friends and MARILENA for the incentive and for the patience. And to master Beethoven... forgive me.  








My works follow a main line that consisted of listening to a symphony several times as I composed the parts of the work related to that symphony. So it was done for each of the nine symphonies.

 Each work is divided into five parts:


- The upper part, intuitive, was defined for the spontaneous manifestation of my sensitivity. In all works, both the choice of colors and their application on the canvas with expressive brushstrokes, has always occurred when listening to the symphony concerning each transposition.


- In the center of each painting, I drew a pentagram with an excerpt from the relative symphony. It has the function of making the intersection between the upper and lower parts of the paintings, but it also connects the works of the group with each other and works as a melodic visual line due to the movements it presents when all the works are placed side by side.


- For the lower part of the paintings, I chose the theme and the images as I listened to each symphony, associating them to the feeling provoked by the music with the situations that bothered me at that moment.


- Another part contains excerpts from writings that I transcribed from different authors, from the Bible and even personal texts. Each text was written and chosen also when listening to the relevant symphony and has the function of comparing something that has been said for millennia by sages, prophets or intellectuals, with the reality of the images of each picture they represent.


- In each work there is also a triangular part, where I write physical-mathematical formulas representing the scientific development of the human being; in my view, one of the few positive things we achieved in our inner search.


After the execution of the nine symphonic transpositions, I created three more works that flowed spontaneously while listening sequentially to all Beethoven's symphonies.


Now, after many years that the series is over, I realize how strong the analogy is between Beethoven's humanitarian concerns and my concerns about the actions and inconsequences practiced by the human being against the human being itself and against the planet Earth.

Read and watch articles about the Beethoven Project: Análise do crítico de arte Enock Sacramento sobre o Projeto Beethoven Diário do Grande ABC - Beethoven Reabre o Salão de Exposições Diário do Grande ABC - Nove Sinfonias em Três Claves Visuais São Paulo Shimbun - Interpretando as Obras de Beethoven ATribuna de Santos - Música de Beethoven Inspira Artistas Veja São Paulo - Projeto Beethoven TV Globo - Jornal Nacional

Walter Miranda
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