Today’s design is entitled In Paradisum. For those of my friends playing the Fauré Requiem at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with me this week, you may recognize the elements that inspired this brooch: delicate and otherworldly flute-like sounds coming from the organ, the undulating lines of the violas and cellos, and over it all, the ethereal sounds of the soprano voices.
For those of you not familiar with this 7th and final movement of the Fauré Requiem, here is a link to a performance. The text (translated from the Latin original) is as follows:
May angels lead you into Paradise.
At your coming
may martyrs receive you,
and may they lead you
into the Holy City, Jerusalem.
May the chorus of angels receive you,
and with Lazarus, who once was a pauper,
may you have eternal rest.
The bunch of diamond dandelions in my brooch represents human souls. Fragile and as vulnerable to the currents of life as the feathery “cotton” on a dandelion, our souls can take flight and touch others in a profound and lasting way.