Watercolors (2011)

Flute (piccolo), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn. 15 mins.

This wind quintet was inspired by the early 20th century paintings of Charles E. BurchfieldWatercolors was winner of the 2011 New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble Competition.
Score and parts available for purchase. Please direct inquiries to Nell Shaw Cohen at nell@nellshawcohen.com.

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Performance History

Quintet of the Americas, 5th Anniversary of the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, 11/11/17.

The Chelsea Quintet, Grand Opening of the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, 11/10/12.

Andra Winds, NEC Honors Ensemble. Ridge Davis, flute/piccolo; Martha Kleiner, oboe; Christopher Mothersole, clarinet; Lauren Hunt, Horn; Sean Maree, Bassoon. New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, Boston MA, 5/12/11.

Beyond the Notes: Music Inspired by Art composer portrait recital. Ridge Davis, Flute and piccolo; Elizabeth O’Neil, Oboe; Randolph Palada, Clarinet; Sarah Sutherland, Horn; Sean Maree, Bassoon. New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, Boston MA 11/02/12.

Press Clippings

The East Hampton Star, “Watercolors: Painting With Sound” on Watercolors at the Parrish Art Museum. (11/06/12)

Newsday, “LI artists open new Parrish” about the grand opening of the Parrish Art Museum, featuring Watercolors. [PDF download] (11/04/12)


“Nell’s extraordinary interdisciplinary vision…was an ideal program to introduce the public to the Museum’s collection through music and images. Two “standing room only” performances [of Watercolors] were met with high praise from attendees. The Director of the Museum cited this event as one of the best of the opening weekend.”
—Andrea Grover, Curator of Special Programs, Parrish Art Museum

“Nell Shaw Cohen deserves superlative praise for her compositions inspired by art, particularly her understanding of [painter] Charles E. Burchfield’s rapport with nature.”
—Nancy Weekly, Head of Collections and Curator, Burchfield Penney Art Center

“I am so glad someone has at last given voice to what one imagines Burchfield might have been hearing in so many of his watercolors. Congratulations on bringing Burchfield alive in a way that I think he would have much appreciated.” 
—Richard Kahn, art collector