Today’s Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, and what better way to inspire your heart with art than with the Phantom of the Opera. According to Merriam-Webster, art is defined as the following:
1: skill acquired by experience, study, or observation <the art of making friends>
3: an occupation requiring knowledge or skill <the art of organ building>
4a : the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects <the art of painting landscapes>; also : works so produced <a gallery for modern art>b (1) : fine arts (2) : one of the fine arts (3) : one of the graphic arts
5a archaic : a skillful planb : the quality or state of being artful (see artful 2a)
6: decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter
For the purposes of this discussion, we’re referring to definition 4a. If we’re going by this definition, then we can infer that art constitutes not only paintings, sculptures and other visual arts, but anything else that requires the “conscious use of skill and creative imagination.” This includes writings like novels and poems as well as music. Even movies are a form of art: cinematic art.
Whether we consciously realize it or not, we are surrounded by art every day, so finding a way to celebrate this national holiday shouldn’t be too difficult. As a Phan, I happily choose to celebrate it via Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. The Phantom of the Opera is infused with art in all its forms. Not only can we witness the art of the cinema in the 2004 film adaptation (or any of the film adaptations for that matter), but we can also see a bit of traditional art as well in the film (as is evidenced in the screencap featured with the title of this article).
The Phantom’s mask is a form of sculptural art while the costumes are another form of visual art. Gaston Leroux’s original novel that inspired the numerous adaptations that exist today is a form of written art as are the many Phantom-inspired novels that have taken form, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s world-renowned stage musical is certainly a form of performance art.
Lastly, we must not forget the music, which in itself is perhaps the most alluring form of art throughout the entire stage and movie productions. It is the music that speaks to the hearts of Phans as it leaves the melodies resounding in their heads long after the show has ended.
No matter what your favorite version of The Phantom of the Opera is, today is the perfect day to take a moment to pay homage to all the creative skill and artistic development that went into shaping this classic tale throughout the years.
What’s your favorite form of art manifested in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of The Phantom of the Opera? You may base your answers on the film or stage version. Although I love the costumes and scenery in both the film and stage productions, I think I must go with the music. Without the music, it wouldn’t be the beloved tale that it is today, in my humble opinion, that is.
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