“In the bigger picture, it updates the very spirit of western composition”
- Ken Smith, GRAMOPHONE magazine.

Joan Miró was one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists. The 23 “Constellation” paintings were perhaps his greatest achievement. In 1993 the composer Bobby Previte went to the Miró Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and saw them all, (together for only the third time in history), and was stunned.

“Evanescent.” – The Washington Post
“Profoundly beautiful” – Downbeat
“Previte’s masterpiece” – Wire
“A desert island disc of ineffable beauty.” – Orange County Register
“Quite unlike anything else in contemporary music.” – Detroit Free Press

The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró is a cycle of 23 movements for each of the 23 “Constellation” paintings by the great artist Joan Miró, painted during World War II.

The Constellations Ensemble, Theatro Nationale, Milan. May 2005. L to R: Wayne Horvitz, Ralph Alessi, Neal Kirkwood, Ron Miles, Zeena Parkins, Ned Rothenberg, Christian Muthspiel, John Bacon, Bobby Previte.

Commissioned by the City of Birmingham, UK, Constellations was performed in February 2004 on a seven-city tour of the United Kingdom, and at the Teatro Nationale in Milan, Italy in May of 2005. The US premiere was presented by WNYC’s New Sounds Live at the World Financial Center Winter Garden. The multi-media program is approximately one and one half hours long, and includes projections of the paintings and text performed by the renowned actor David Patrick Kelly.

Listen to more of The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró and download the live recordings:
The Definitive Recording
The Constellations Ensemble conducted by Christian Muthspiel. Special guest David Patrick Kelly, narrator. New York City, 2008.

Live in England
The Constellations Ensemble conducted by Christian Muthspiel.
Birmingham, UK, 2004.

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