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        "Musica universalis" (lit. universal music, or music of the spheres) is an ancient philosophical concept that regards proportions in the movements of celestial bodies—the Sun, Moon, and planets—as a form of music. The 'music' is not usually thought to be literally audible, but a unifying harmonic, mathematical or religious concept. Pythagoras is credited with saying: “There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.”

          This idea of the “Music of the Spheres” has endured over the centuries and ultimately enabled Johannes Kepler to visualise the movements of theplanets, which led him to formulate his laws of planetary motion.

      This exhibition is intended to stretch the imagination with individual interpretations of the title. The artists were challenged to leave their usual styles behind and offer something different for this exhibition.

jenny
The music of the Spheres
Acrylic in the Naive style £105.00

Having listened to “The Planets”, Gustav Holst.
This enabled me to visualise the planets dancing across the canvas.


 

mary1 
Sound Waves
Mixed Media - £350.00

mary2
Planet Series 1
Mixed media £225.00

mary3
            
Planet Series 2
Mixed Media £225.00


penny1

Planet's Strings
Watercolour and Techniques £95.00



Pythagoras' Arc
Watercolour and Techniques £95.00



 

 


jutta

In the beginning...    
Watercolour £110.00

  

Through the colours of the spectrum, the universe expands,
  spiralling into infinity to the sounds of a song cycle, forever repeated, forever new.

 


ray
Dance to the Sound of the Moon
Acrylic on Canvas SOLD

The urge to dance, to sing and to make music is inherent in all of us from the earliest age.
Some are better than others, and some just lose it when they grow up.

 



Music in colour
Watercolour and charcoal £79.00

Music in Art
Watercolour and charcoal £85.00

 

 

 

 

 


Colliding light-waves 2
Oils on Canvas £450.00


Colliding light-waves 1
Oils on Canvas £450.00

 


moira

It's all about the rhythm
Mixed media £175.00

becca

Musical Planets
Collage   - NFS

 

 

kate1

 

La Sagrada Familia
Gouache £120.00

 

kate2

 

La Sagrada - close up
Gouache   £60.00

The Temple de la Sagrada Familia,
Gaudi's masterwork in Barcelona.
A joyful uplifting building which strives to compress
all of heaven and earth into its structure.

Moons of Saturn
Acrylic and Ink. £120.00

The music of the spheres is an imaginary hum.
I imagine that the sixty or so moons of Saturn
must make hums of different notes as they travel around,
within belts of ice and rock, their icy planet.

 

 

It’s all around
Acrylic on canvas £175.00

The cosmos is everywhere,
explosion of paint and colour to represent the chaos of creation.

What's it all About
Ooil on canvas £320.00

Sometimes we ask ourselves “What’s it all about?”
this painting explores this concept and a personal response
to philosophy of music of the spheres


Music of the Spheres
Oil and mixed media collage on canvas £300.00

In Pythagoras' day the universe was thought to be ten heavenly bodies,
including the earth and moon, revolving around a great central flaming mass of fire.
The ratios of the harmonies of sounds made as the planets
passed each other all came from the Tetractys;
a simple arrangement of numbers from 1 to 10.

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Blue

Mixed media £175.00


Inspired by Joni Mitchell’s ‘Playing real good for free’,
the overlapping spheres took on their own identity,
metamorphosing into swirling planets finding their own place in time and space.