by Judith Krummeck

The longer I work as a classical music DJ, the more I find my eye gravitating instinctively towards music related visual art whenever I visit a museum. The Cleveland Museum of Art last week was no exception.
This terracotta bust of the 18th century opera composer Christoph Willibald Gluck is by Jean-Antoine Houdon, and it’s remarkable in the way that it avoids an idolized portrait to show Gluck, rather, with his pockmarked face, unkempt hair, and open collar. What makes this perfect is that Gluck was doing something similar in the way that he reformed opera by moving away from stylized presentations in his works — like Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste — to bring simplicity and sincerity.