This mediaeval serpent illustrates the classic chart of musical sharps and flats, commonly known as "the circle of 5ths" where each pair of adjacent pitches represents an interval of a perfect 5th. In theory, the "circle" would continue adding fifths without end. This serpent is twisted into the horizontal 8 configuration we know as the mathematical symbol for infinity, a variation of the ancient "ouroboros", symbol of endlessness.
Matted size: 15 " x 12" (click on image for detail)
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  ahhh, bach!
An excerpt from the first movement of Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony", this puzzling piece is, indeed, "un poco incompleto"...a little unfinished.
Matted size: 15.5" x 12.5" (click on image for detail)
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  ahhh, bach!
"Ahhh, Bach!" (The Phantom of the Opera): The music is the most famous organ score of all time - Bach's "Tocatta and Fugue in D minor". "That which issues from the heart alone, will bend the hearts of others to thine own." is a quotation from Geothe's, "Faust", the opera which was performed by Christine in "Phantom of the Opera".
Matted size: 15" x 24" (click on image for detail)
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The unique shape of the musical notation was inspired from a 17th-18th century system called "Fasola". Developed for choir singers who could not read music, each note was assigned a distinctive shape.
18" x 24" (click on image for detail)
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Permeating throughout with allegorical religious symbolism, Schubert's timeless classic takes form as an oval, the shape of an egg, the symbol of life. The music has been transposed into "neumes", notation of the middle ages.
23.75" x 16" (click on image for detail)
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The piece is composed of five rings, five being the ancient symbol for divine protection:
Encircling the piece is the music..."Evening of Roses" ("Erev Shel Shoshanim"), adapted from the biblical book of "The Song of Songs".
The hebrew at the bottom, also from the Song of Songs, reads, "Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li".
Seven (the numerical representation of the divine presence) pairs of leopards (symbol of strength) and peace) and birds (love and compassion) embrace and interlock.
The animals form a protective ring around the body of the quotation...approximately 300 years old, it is from the teacher, healer and Khabbalah mystic, "Ba'al Shem Tov" ("Master of the Good Name"), Rabbi Yisrael Ben Eliezer.
In red is the English translation of the "Ani, L'Dodi..."
At the centre is the embossed core, comprised of two interlocked hearts.
19.5" x 19.5" (click on image for detail).
*Hangs on diamond.
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The Music for "Belle Musique" is from Georges Bizet's opera, "Carmen". The title refers to the fact that, not only is this "beautiful music", but it is, in fact, "bell music" ... music transcribed specifically for handbells.
Matted size: 8" x 24" (click on image for detail)
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Over 3,000 years old, this ancient blessing
is from numbers 6:24-26.
The music is written in "neumes",
the notation of the middle ages.
Matted size: 9" x 19" (click on image for detail)
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Coiling around the oriental dragon, in a ribbon of smoke, is the popular tune, "The Celebrated Chop Waltz", more commonly known as "Chopsticks". First published in 1877 by 16 year old Euphemia Allen, the song had such impact that, amongst other notables, both Rimsky-Korsakov and Franz Liszt also published ornamented melodies of this same tune! "Chopstx" can be hung either vertically (tail up), or horizontally.
Matted size: 11" x 32" (click on image for detail)
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The quotation, almost 100 years old, is by American author J.P. McEvoy. The music, only slighly older, is from a composition entitled "Joyous Life" by Fritz Spindler. The unicorn is a traditional symbol of grace, beauty and strength. The fish symbolizes life, itself.
10" x 15 " (click on image for detail)
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The artwork and music are based on Mozart's "Die Zauberflote" ("The Magic Flute"). It is an allegorical story of the battle between Good and Evil. As the opera takes place in mythological ancient Egypt, each character is represented as a corresponding figure from ancient Egyptian mythology.
30" x 22" (click on image for detail)
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The music is from Scott Joplin's ragtime classic, "The Entertainer" (from the movie "The Sting").
24" x 16" (click on image for detail)
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As the story goes, Beethoven, while walking home one day, lost a penny. After frantically trying in vain to find the coin, he went back into his studio and composed this piece, "Fury Over a Lost Penny".
24" x 7" (click on image for detail)
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John Newton (1725-1807) was one of the most notorious slave ship captains in the British fleet. He eventually "found God", was ordained a minister and penned the immortal words "Amazing Grace". His journey of faith has been often compared to that of the biblical Jonah, images of whose story can be found in the four quadrants of the cross. The unique musical notation is from a 17th century system called "shape-notes", whereby each note was assigned a distinctive shape.
15" x 20 " (click on image for detail)
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The music for "H2O2" is from Handel's Water Music. Who would have guessed?
Matted size: 8" x 32" (click on image for detail)
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The quotation is from Dr. Seuss. It is encircled by characters adapted from his books, animated films and his lesser-known, early drawings.
The music is from the 1940's smash hit, "The Hut-Sut Song" which, in the 1942 classic cartoon, "Horton Hatches The Egg" introduced Horton to the big screen
Matted size: 19" x 14" (click on image for detail)
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From "The Peace Prayer of St. Francis".
The interlocked embossed hearts represent love. The fish symbolizes life, the unicorn, strength and faith, and the intertwined swans, grace, beauty & harmony.
Matted size: 19" x 11.5 " (click on image for detail)
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Transcribed in English is a passage from the book of proverbs. Upside down, is the passage in Hebrew, as it was originally written approximately 3,000 years ago. The hamsa (hand) is an ancient symbol of divine protection. In Judaism, it is referred to as "the hand of Miriam" (sister of Moses), Christians call it "the hand of Mary" (mother of Jesus), and for Muslims it is "the hand of Fatima" (daughter of Mohammed). The hamsa takes the form of a bird, representing divine presence. The music is from a traditional song entitled, "Bless This House".
12" x 20 " (click on image for detail).
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A rich, circle of life, based on "Fiddler on the Roof".
19.5" x 19.5"* (click on image for detail)
(*image is round, but paper is actually squared.)
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In Cletic tradition, the dog is a harbinger of good health & good luck. The eagle represents guardianship. The dragon is a traditional symbol of protection. The bell is believed to have been able to ward off malicious spirits. The music is a traditional tune for this blessing, and has been transposed into Neumes, music from the Middle Ages. The title has been written in mediaeval Anglo Saxon runes.
Matted Size: 12 ” x 18”
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The music from Chopin's, "Minute Waltz".
Matted Size: 9.25 ” x 17.75”
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"There are gates in heaven that cannot be opened except by melody and song."

This is a quotation attributed to the 18th century mystic, Schneur Zalman of Liadi, based upon the 2nd/3rd century spiritual/mystical writings of "The Zohar". Within the Celtic treble clef is a trio of angels playing the trumpet, harp and bells. There is also a trio of animals: a fish, ancient symbol of life, a leopard - strength and peace, and an eagle representing the protective power of God.
13 " x 19 " (click on image for detail)
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At the base, there are 2 swans, representing love and beauty. Soaring up and around the words & music are interlaced unicorns, symbolizing strength & purity. At the top are two fish, traditional symbol of life & longevity. The fish flank an embossed heart-shaped bell, symbol of hope and faith. These profound passages from the holy bible have been set to original handbell music.
13 " x 28 " (click on image for detail)
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This music is from Beethoven's "Appassionata Sonata, Opus 57".
20.75" x 14.75" (click on image for detail)
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This prayer has been adapted from the healing oath and prayer of 12th century philosopher, rabbi and physician, Maimonides.
19" x 11" (click on image for detail)
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The music for "Ou est de lune?" is from "Clair de lune" by Claude Debussy. Putting in the moon (lune) did seem a bit too obvious, hence the title.
Matted size: 8" x 32" (click on image for detail)
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Each of the cats is a note: D C# B A; the owl is not. The song is "Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow...".
22" x 10" (click on image for detail)
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"Seasons Four" is based upon Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons", and on the sonnets which the maestro penned for this work. In Vivaldi's music and sonnets, and within the artwork, amongst other things, can be found: flowers, corn, wine, brook, turtle dove, cuckoo, finch, dog, flies, hornets, lightning, and the result of a hunt, a dead beast.
31.5" x 12" (click on image for detail)
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Was written in 1936 by Louis Prima and immortalized by Benny Goodman. Gene Krupa made this into one of the most famous drum solos of all time.
15" x 17" (click on image for detail)
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The quotation is adapted from ancient Talmudic writings approximately 2,000 years old. The music, approximately 100 years old, is from a composition entitled "Joyous Life" by Fritz Spindler. The dragon symbolizes strength and honour. The fish are traditional symbols of life, itself.
10" x 15" (click on image for detail)
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This music is from Prokofieff's ballet, "Romeo and Juliet".
13.75" x 12.5" (click on image for detail)
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This music is from Wagner's famous, "Ride of the Valkyries". The title is adapted from the (only slightly less) famous Warner Bros. cartoon, "What's Opera, Doc!". The title translates (roughly) from German, "Kill da Wabbit".
8" x 24" (click on image for detail)
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The music is from Franz Schubert's
"Symphony No. 8 in B minor",
commonly known as his "Unfinished Symphony".
At the centre is Schubert, directing the composition.
Unfinished Sympho can be hung horizontally or vertically.
Matted size: 36.5" x 10" (click on image for detail)
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The music is from Giacomo Rossini's "William Tell Overture", the "Lone Ranger Theme". (*This piece includes a genuine .45 calibre long colt "silver" bullet which can be framed along with the artwork.)
30" x 8" (click on image for detail)
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The twenty third (XXIII) is the most famous of the Psalms. In this piece, there are 3 pairs of sheep and 3 traditional animal forms. At the bottom, the lion represents guardianship and spiritual strength. The gazelle symbolizes love & grace. At the top, an ornamented eagle, ancient symbol of divine protection, encircles the opening words, written by David over 3,000 years ago, "Meeh-zmor L'Dah-veed" ("a hymn by David").
Matted size: 19.5 " x 15 "
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