Rarely has Cubism looked so engaging as in this image of a cello fellow bowing away—the fifth and final poster in Glaser’s TDK-sponsored series for Juilliard. The artist loves music, loves educational institutions, loves the shape of the cello—and it all shows
Printed in 1989, it advertises the release of Bach's complete keyboard works on digital recording under the Tomato label.
Because it's digital, Bach is shown here wearing a multi-colored Zoot Suit. Joao Carlos Martins, considered one of the world's most dynamic interpreters of Bach's keyboard repertory in the 1960s, was forced to quite playing in 1970s after a freack soccer accident. When he returned in 1979, he began this recording project but had to stop again, and at the time of this poster, had only resumed playing recently. In 1993, Martins was mugged, and a minor stroke paralyzed his right hand.
Commissioned for Bach's tricentennial, Glaser's punning poster is a series of portraits in different media on various papers. It's a virtuoso performance and was included in the "Milton Glaser on Music" exhibit at New York's Lincoln Center Gallery. The masterful photograph is by Matthew Klein.