Schmitt Music Wall

Historical & Museum / Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Music WallHelping other people cross off things from their bucket list at the Schmitt Music Wall, music by Maurice Ravel.

A little history:

This building became an unofficial landmark when Robert P. Schmitt (the son of Robert A.) decided to beautify one of the large exposed exterior brick walls.

Like other American cities of the 1970s, citizens and business owners in Minneapolis were concerned about beautifying the older downtown buildings. Schmitt hired the repair of the old bricks and bricked up 32 exterior windows. He asked a company employee to choose notes from a musical score that could be painted as a mural over the enormous facade. The employee searched through the store’s sheet music and came up with the most graphically attractive piece of music she could find, Maurice Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit.” Pianist Van Cliburn posed playing a Steinway concert grand piano in front of the mural for a now famous photograph, which attracted the attention of national newspapers.

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