The music for the Rothko room is in place at the Tate Modern. It can now also be heard on line – song for mark

It was a pleasure to do – those paintings have long been a favourite but it was a curious thing too – his intentions seem to have been quite mixed. He started off wanting to intimidate the wealthy diners at the Four Seasons restaraunt in New York’s Seagram building (the original commission) but changed his mind. Now they are generally seen as being contemplative, peaceful – even sacred.

Anyway, he ended up doing himself in like so many other artists, and so, partly, this was also meant as an elegy.