Beethoven's Apple... by © Janis Zroback

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“A Fifth of Beethoven” is a disco instrumental recorded by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band. It was adapted by Murphy from the first movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.
A very funky piece from the 1970’s, it was one of the most popular and memorable pieces of music from the disco era.
The “Fifth” in the song’s title is a pun, referencing a liquid measure approximately equal to one-fifth of a gallon, a popular size for bottles containing hard liquor, as well as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony from which the song was adapted

I was inspired both by the orchestra’s name and the music…the images in the background which reference classical music in general, tie the whole together..

  • Acrylics on Canvas with old wrapping paper collaged transfer
  • Listen to the music..click HERE

In the Bag

Black and White and Red Onions



  • For more Food images click HERE


apple, apples, fruit, food, red, music, words, lyrics, beethoven, classical, classic, black and white, acrylic, janis zroback, still life, realism, realistic painting, photo realism

I paint in many different styles and feature a myriad of subject matter, which I show as individual collections….
I am inspired by the world interpreting it in brilliant colours, often influenced by the writings of famous authors and poets..
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  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • ©Maria Medeiros
    ©Maria Medeirosabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Maria…

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  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 3 years ago

    Great new collection you’ve got going here…love the colors and effects.

  • Thank you so much Cindy…this hearkens back to one of my earliest collections…the portfolio collection…they were mostly fruit, but this time I am also painting vegetables…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • VenusOak
    VenusOakabout 3 years ago

    so awesome

  • Thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    That apple looks SO REAL! Love the composition, Janis.

  • Thank you so much Dot….I’m really happy you like it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonabout 3 years ago

    The apple just pops off the canvas, and looks real enough to eat!! Sooo great Janis!:-)

  • Thank you so much Leslie….this harks back to my portfolio collection which I plan to revisit in a new way…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 3 years ago

    oh Janis … this is so wonderful … your work is outstanding and so unique… well done my dear

  • Thank you so much for the lovely compliment Maria….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much Liz…I am revisiting my portfolio collection, but in a different way… here

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 3 years ago
  • I will check it out…thanks so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...about 3 years ago

    Well done! Good work!

  • Thank you so much Madalena….

    – © Janis Zroback

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