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!