Challenge of Music

Today is the reveal for Erin Prais-Hintz‘ Challenge of Music.  The challenge this year was music with no words, or instrumental.  I chose Holst “The Planets”.

I have always loved music, mostly contemporary, although my dad and I would play a game in the car where I would have to name the music that was playing and of course, he wasn’t playing Led Zeppelin!  But I did gain an appreciation for all sorts of music.  TV shows of the 70’s like Lawrence Welk (we watched this with my grandmother all the time!!!) or Hee Haw (yep, even Hee Haw had music!) allowed me to learn about different music.  It wasn’t until I took a college course in Classical Music (we called it Clap for Credit) that I gained a real appreciation for instrumental, classical music.

In this class we learned about Gustav Holst and “The Planets.”  This 7-movement piece was written between 1914-1916 and each movement is about one of the planets in the solar system – not including Earth, and not including Pluto, which wasn’t discovered at the time he wrote the piece.  This suite was written about Astrology, though, and not Astronomy.  Each movement conveys the meaning according to Holst of the astrological influence of the planets on the psyche.  If you listen to the suite, you can clearly understand the meanings he tries to convey!  You can hear “The Planets” here.  (Warning, it’s long but very good).  My necklace is based on the whole of the suite.

I created these beads to mimic the solar system.  I learned the technique from Michael Barley via Corina Tettinger.  I stink at encasing beads, so the first set I made did not work out!  I actually had to quickly make this second set to get this necklace done in time!!!!  Also, I had the flu all week so that didn’t help at all.  I thought of making it more complicated, but the music is complicated enough on it’s own as are the lampwork beads.  I felt that adding more would clutter up the necklace and wanted you to just hear the music!  I used gunmetal chain, to represent the dark, vast sky.  I used gorgeous metallic blue swarovski crystals to offset the beads I made. 

Here’s a list of everyone who is participating in the hop today – please stop by and see what they made!

Erin
Prais-Hintz

Alenka
Obid

Ali
McCarthy

Alicia
Marinache

Amy
Severino

Amy
Grass

Carolyn
Lawson

Cece
Cormier

Cynthia
Riggs

Ema
Kilroy

Emanda
Johnson

Emma
Todd

Erin
Kenny

Evelyn
Shelby

Evie
and Beth McCord

Gerd
Andersson

Holly
Westfall

Jennifer
Justman

Jenny
Davies-Reazor

Jess
Green

Judy
Campbell

Karla
Morgan

Kay
Thomerson

Kristina
Johansson

Lola
Surwillo

Lynn
White

Malin
de Koning

Mallory
Hoffman

Mary
K McGraw

Melissa
Meman

Melissa
Trudinger

Michelle
Escano

Michelle
Bourbonniere

Michelle
Heim

Michelle Mach
Molly
Alexander

Molly
Schaller

Monique
Urquhart

Niky
Sayers

Pam
Farren

Rebecca
Anderson

Sally
Russick

Sharon
Palac

Sharon
Driscoll

Susan
Kennedy

Tari
Kahrs

Tracy
Stillman

Veralynne
Malone

16 thoughts on “Challenge of Music”

  1. Very pretty necklace! I can see the influence of the music in the colours and patterns of the beads. A piece of outer space captured in glass. In the music, and the necklace, there's both drama and harmony.

    I've never listened to the whole suite, just a couple of the planets. Maybe I should?

  2. Your beads are beautiful and they look so wonderful lined up in "orbit", Sue. I love your choice of music; I lost my cassette (that's how old it was LOL) of this suite years ago and listening again today brought back memories. I think Holst was a visionary who successfully straddled the classical and the modern musical genres. Thanks for sharing your artistic interpretation!

  3. Hi Sue – I can't believe I'm the first person to comment. I love the beads and they look like they are full of interesting colors and striations to enjoy. A great representation of the planets and a great jewelry piece.

  4. I confess I sampled only. Very handy that they include the time where the movements change. It sure is quite the piece, it would be fun to sit down with and see what I would make while listening. These beads you've made are just gorgeous and have such a planetary fell set against the blackness. Beautiful!

  5. Hi Susan, I am a HUGE fan of Holst's Planets! The Jupiter movement is my favorite because it uses the hymn tune Thanxted — very regal, English, and beautiful. I am a sucker for lampwork beads too — lovely little universes encased in glass. I am glad you didn't fussy it up — perfect balance!

  6. Dang woman! Those beads are a-maz-ing!!! They are planets, they are peacocks, they are stunning. And I agree – they are perfect as the focal. They dont need any distractions!

  7. Clap for Credit! I thought I was the only one that had a course like that in college! It was where I gained my appreciation for classical music, especially Mozart. I love music that paints a picture in my mind and this has that sweeping vista quality that allows me to see the vastness of space, the coldness, the light and the dark. Your beads are PERFECT representations of this music. They each look like little worlds unto themselves. I am very happy that you were able to join me in this Challenge! Thank you for sharing this music and your beautiful art with the world! Enjoy the day. Erin

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